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A report released by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) showed that the man who was killed in a self-driving car crash in 2016 ignored multiple instructions to put his hands back on the steering wheel before the accident.
According to the report released on Monday, June 19, the Tesla Model S’ semi-autonomous driving system warned the driver, Joshua Brown, to take control of the vehicle seven times with the message “Hands Required Not Detected”, and played a chime alert six times. The report showed that the self-driving system was active for more than 37 minutes of the approximately 41-minute ride, and Brown kept his hands on the steering wheel for less than 30 seconds while the system was active. Tesla has long recommended that drivers using this system keep their hands on the wheel at all times, no matter if the vehicle is in automatic mode or not.
This follows the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) report released in January of this year following their investigation into the crash that found no defects with Tesla’s system.
Brown died after crashing into a truck near Williston, FL. According to a Florida Highway Patrol spokesman, the truck driver was charged with right of way traffic violation. A witness described the incident to officials, and said that the Tesla was driving at a normal speed and had the right of way. According to the NTSB’s 538-page report, the vehicle was traveling at 74 mph leading up to the crash, more than the 65 mph limit in the area.