BEIJING( 26 (Xinhua) — The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) on Tuesday released its final investigation into a fatal Crash at Tesla in California in March 2018, strongly criticizing Tesla’s lack of system assurance and calling U.S. regulators’ practices in monitoring driver assistance systems “misguided.”
In its report, the NTSB questioned the design of Tesla’s self-driving aid system Autopilot and accused the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) of taking a “hands-off approach” to manage the increasingly popular system.
The NTSB said NHTSA “takes a non-regulatory approach to the safety of autonomous vehicles” and should “complete further assessments of Tesla’s Autopilot system to ensure that the technology does not pose an unreasonable safety risk.”
The NTSB also accused Apple and other smartphone makers of refusing to disable devices while users were driving, and called on the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration to use their authority to take action against “employers who fail to address the dangers of distracted driving.”
The NTSB also called on handset makers to add additional safeguards to prevent drivers from abusing devices.
“It’s time to stop letting drivers in any partially automated vehicle pretend they own driverless cars,” said Robert Sumwalt, chairman of the NTSB. Because they don’t have driverless cars. “
In the March 2018 accident, Former Apple engineer Huang Weilun was killed in a car crash when he drove a Model X at 112km/h and started Autopilot, which caught fire after it hit the middle barrier.
The NTSB investigation found that Huang’s hand was not on the steering wheel for the last six seconds before the crash and showed no signs of braking or evasive movement. The NTSB also found that he had been using the iPhone during the trip, and that dashcam records showed evidence of data transmission. Logs recovered with Apple’s help show that a word-making game app on his phone called Three Kingdoms is active.
Bruce Landsberg, vice president of the NTSB, called Tesla’s Autopilot “completely inadequate” and noted that Tesla vehicles repeatedly hit large obstacles.
Sumwalt said Tesla ignored the NTSB’s 2017 safety advice.