Driver Had Hands Off Wheel in Fatal Tesla Autopilot Crash


The National Transportation Safety Board reported that the 38-year-old driver of a Tesla Inc Model X did not have his hands on the wheel for six seconds before the fatal crash on March 23. The finding said that the driver had been given two visual alerts and one auditory alert during the trip to place his hands on the wheel.

The NTSB’s findings also say that the driver had accelerated from 62 mph to 71 three seconds before the crash. The car struck a concrete barrier and the driver died shortly after in the hospital.

Although the feature is called Autopilot, Tesla says that drivers should keep their hands on the wheel at all times, even while using the feature.