Most recall the tragedy of a Tesla driver dying in an accident with Autopilot engaged last year. The NTSB final report effectively puts most of the blame on, the way I read it, the way Tesla markets Autopilot;
On Tuesday, the National Transportation Safety Board announced that “operational limitations” in Tesla’s Autopilot system played a “major role” in a fatal collision in May 2016 between a Tesla Model S and a semitrailer truck on a Florida highway. The regulator initially concluded that Tesla’s self-driving software was not responsible for the accident. But the NTSB said on Tuesday that the driver had relied too much on the Autopilot system, touching the steering wheel for an estimated 25 seconds during a 37-minute period. The vehicle’s software failed to respond to a semitrailer that crossed an intersection and moved in front of the Model S. The NTSB’s reversal marks a significant setback for Tesla, which has championed the development of autonomous vehicles based on claims that such technology could ultimately lead to a decline in car accidents.