Elon Musk extended his deepest condolences to the friend of Tesla. The customer of Tesla died in a crash. According to the paper report, the deceased was Joshua Brown, former Navy Seal and who believed firmly in Tesla’s mission.
The first fatality in just over 130 million miles where Autopilot is activated. It is important to notice that June 29 evening that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is opening a preliminary evaluation into the performance of Autopilot.
On regular standard practice, Tesla informed NHTSA about the crash happened immediately after the incident took place. The incident occurred that the vehicle was on a divided highway with Autopilot engaged when a tractor trailer drove across the road perpendicular to the Model S.
Our condolences for the tragic loss https://t.co/zI2100zEGL
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 30, 2016
Tesla stated that it is important to note that the Tesla disable Autopilot by default and requires explicit acknowledgement that the system is new technology. If the Driver activates “Autopilot”, it is just an assist feature that needs hands to keep on the steering wheel. Every time the car reminds the driver to remain hands on the wheel. If the driver doesn’t place hands on the wheel, the car gradually slows down the car until detecting hand on the steering.
If the feature used every time, then it is as safe as possible. It seems that Autopilot requires more and more precautionary measures and to create awareness to drivers to remain alerted. The main advantage of Autopilot is that it reduces driver workload and result in improvement in safety comparing with manual driving.
The man, who died is a friend to Tesla and has a broader EV (Electronic Vehicle) community. And also Elon Musk condolences with deepest sympathies to his family and friends