Tesla Model 3 strikes semi-truck, killing driver

Occurred: March 2019

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A Tesla Model 3 hit a tractor-trailer turning on to a highway outside Miami, Florida, tearing the roof off the Tesla and killing its driver Jeremy Beren Banner.

The sherriff's report did not say whether the Tesla's Autopilot semi-autonomous driving system or its automatic emergency braking system were working at the time of the crash. 

The National Transportantion Safety Board (NTSB) investigated and concluded that Autopilot had been engaged 10 seconds before the crash, and that the vehicle stopped detecting his hands on the wheel eight seconds before the crash.

Neither Autopilot nor the driver had attempted evasive manoeuvers, the NTSB found.

Operator: Jeremy Beren Banner; Tesla
Developer: Tesla

Country: USA

Sector: Automotive

Purpose: Automate steering, acceleration, braking

Technology: Driver assistance system; Self-driving system
Issue: Accuracy/reliability; Safety

Transparency: Black box