Walter Huang Fatally Injured in Crash in Tesla Model X with Autopilot Engaged
A fatal accident in Mountain View involving a Model X Tesla continues to be under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). Walter Huang, a 38-year-old Apple engineer and father of two, was driving in his Tesla Model X on March 23rd, when it veered into a barrier on the 101 Freeway. Preliminary investigation suggests that the lines on the freeway could have misguided the Autopilot to the concrete center divider.
According to reports, he had complained on several accounts of the SUV swerving towards the same barrier, near the area to the 85 carpool lane off the 101. Huang took the car to the Tesla dealership, but they were unable to duplicate the problem. The Tesla struck the barrier, flipped into oncoming traffic, and was hit by two other vehicles. Huang was fatally injured in the tragic accident.
Tesla confirmed in a statement that Autopilot was engaged before the fatal crash, but states that “the driver received multiple visual and audible hands-on warnings earlier in the drive and the driver’s hands were not detected on the wheel for six seconds prior to the collision.” The company continues to investigate the incident and is cooperating with officials to identify the cause of the collision.
Tesla’s Autopilot technology continues to be under scrutiny, but the company continues to state that the feature is a semi-autonomous, and made to be driver-assisted. Multiple other Tesla drivers have experienced similar issues with their luxury vehicles and other similar glitches involving the Autopilot technology.
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