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Feds says Tesla lacked ‘safeguards’ in autopilot crash.

The chairman of the US National Transportation Safety Board said on Tuesday “operational limitations” in the Tesla Model S played a “major role” in a May 2016 crash that killed a driver using the vehicle’s semi-autonomous “Autopilot” system. The limits on the autonomous driving system include factors such as Tesla being unable to ensure driver...
Time: 13:55     Date: 12.09.2017
World Tech News: Feds says Tesla lacked ‘safeguards’ in autopilot crash. NY Post 24 - US News

The limits on the autonomous driving system include factors such as Tesla being unable to ensure driver attention even when the car is traveling at high speeds, ensuring Autopilot is used only on certain roads and monitoring driver engagement, NTSB said.

The NTSB recommended auto safety regulators and automakers take steps to ensure that semi-autonomous systems are not misused.

“System safeguards were lacking,” NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt said. “Tesla allowed the driver to use the system outside of the environment for which it was designed and the system gave far too much leeway to the driver to divert his attention.”

Tesla had no immediate comment on the NTSB report.

Joshua Brown, a 40-year-old Ohio man, was killed near Williston, Florida, when his Model S collided with a truck while it was engaged in the “Autopilot” mode.

The NTSB on Tuesday found that the system’s “operational design” was a contributing factor to the 2016 crash because it allows drivers to avoid steering or watching the road for lengthy periods of time that were “inconsistent” with warnings from Tesla.

The NTSB said Tesla could have taken further steps to prevent the system’s misuse, and faulted the driver for not paying attention and “overreliance on vehicle automation.”

The agency said the Autopilot system operated as designed but did not do enough to ensure drivers paid adequate attention. On some roads, drivers could use Autopilot at up to 90 miles (145 km) per hour, it said.

Tesla did not ensure that the system was used only on highways and limited-access roads, as recommended in the owner’s manual, a fact that Sumwalt noted.

The NTSB recommended that automakers monitor driver attention other than through detecting steering-wheel engagement.

The system could not reliably detect cross traffic and “did little to constrain the use of autopilot to roadways for which it was designed,” the board said.

‘TEN SECONDS TO REACT’

Monitoring driver attention by measuring the driver’s touching of the steering wheel “was a poor surrogate for monitored driving engagement,” said the board.

Tesla said in June 2016 that Autopilot “is not perfect and still requires the driver to remain alert.”

At a public hearing on Tuesday on the crash involving Brown, NTSB said the truck driver and the Tesla driver “had at least 10 seconds to observe and respond to each other.”

On Monday, Brown’s family said the car was not to blame for the crash.

“We heard numerous times that the car killed our son. That is simply not the case,” the family’s statement said. “There was a small window of time when neither Joshua nor the Tesla features noticed the truck making the left-hand turn in front of the car.”

“People die every day in car accidents,” the statement said. “Change always comes with risks, and zero tolerance for deaths would totally stop innovation and improvements.”

A spokeswoman for Tesla and a lawyer for the family, Jack Landskroner, have declined to say if the automaker had reached a legal settlement with the Brown family.

NTSB recommended that NHTSA require automakers to have safeguards to prevent the misuse of semi-autonomous vehicle features.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said it would review the findings of the safety board.

In January, NHTSA said it found no evidence of defects in the crash. NHTSA and NTSB said Brown did not apply the brakes and his last action was to set the cruise control at 74 miles per hour (119 kph), less than 2 minutes before the crash – above the 65-mph speed limit.

Tech

World Tech News: Revenge porn site leaves trail of innocent victims. NY Post 24 - US News
Revenge porn site leaves trail of innocent victims.
Lisa M. can’t walk around her hometown without wondering who has seen her naked. The 28-year-old from Gardner, Mass., was...
World Tech News: Investors fear driverless cars will make breathalyzers obsolete. NY Post 24 - US News
Investors fear driverless cars will make breathalyzers obsolete.
Driverless cars are going to wreck the breathalyzer business. That, at least, is the growing fear among private-equity investors,...
World Tech News: iPhone X may be in short supply for holiday season. NY Post 24 - US News
iPhone X may be in short supply for holiday season.
Even Santa Claus might have trouble getting his hands on the iPhone X this Christmas. The production delays facing Apple’s...
World Tech News: Netflix pulls kids’ show after finding a huge hidden penis. NY Post 24 - US News
Netflix pulls kids’ show after finding a huge hidden penis.
Ah, children’s programming. It’s such lighthearted, feel-good programming that you might not think there’s anything...

Opinion

Last US News - Opinion: Do whatever it takes to turn the lights back on in Puerto Rico. NY Post 24 - US News
Do whatever it takes to turn the lights back on in Puerto Rico.
Mercilessly battered by Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico is looking at months without power. It’s simply not acceptable to...
Last US News - Opinion: How New York’s ‘indigent’ health aid goes to the rich. NY Post 24 - US News
How New York’s ‘indigent’ health aid goes to the rich.
The award for the most deceptive name in New York state government goes to an obscure but expensive program called the “Indigent...
Last US News - Opinion: Trump’s ‘sovereignty’ talk was what the UN needed to hear. NY Post 24 - US News
Trump’s ‘sovereignty’ talk was what the UN needed to hear.
To listen to the commentary, President Trump used an inappropriate term at the United Nations — not just Rocket Man, but...
Last US News - Opinion: Second Ave subway scandal shows the MTA needs major reform. NY Post 24 - US News
Second Ave subway scandal shows the MTA needs major reform.
Now New Yorkers know why the Q train slows to a crawl when it hits the new Second Avenue tracks: It’s not safe to go full...
Last US News - Opinion: It’s now indisputable: that cop-hating John Jay jerk has to go. NY Post 24 - US News
It’s now indisputable: that cop-hating John Jay jerk has to go.
It turns out that now-suspended John Jay College professor Michael Isaacson’s tweet about teaching “future dead cops”...

Living

US Living News: Revenge porn site leaves trail of innocent victims. NY Post 24 - US News
Revenge porn site leaves trail of innocent victims.
Lisa M. can’t walk around her hometown without wondering who has seen her naked. The 28-year-old from Gardner, Mass., was...
US Living News: The five simple cooking mistakes secretly making you fat. NY Post 24 - US News
The five simple cooking mistakes secretly making you fat.
While home cooked food is generally more nutritious and lower in calories than take away and restaurant meals, it can also...
US Living News: Gatorade banned and fined $300k for bad-mouthing water. NY Post 24 - US News
Gatorade banned and fined $300k for bad-mouthing water.
H2-no! Gatorade has been banned from insulting its main competitor — water — and fined $300,000 after it slandered...
US Living News: This comment left on a brownie recipe reads like a soap opera. NY Post 24 - US News
This comment left on a brownie recipe reads like a soap opera.
When trying to track down a good recipe the internet is most people’s port of call. It’s the perfect place for inspiration,...
US Living News: Prehistoric ‘devil toads’ with Pac-Man mouths ate dinosaurs. NY Post 24 - US News
Prehistoric ‘devil toads’ with Pac-Man mouths ate dinosaurs.
Forget the croak. This frog was all about the crunch. Researchers from the University of Adelaide are part of an international...
US Living News: More single moms are attending college, but struggle to graduate. NY Post 24 - US News
More single moms are attending college, but struggle to graduate.
Most people who know Mary White wonder when she has time to sleep. It’s a fair question given her schedule. The 28-year-old...
US Living News: This is why Mexico is being ravaged by earthquakes. NY Post 24 - US News
This is why Mexico is being ravaged by earthquakes.
In just 12 days Mexicans have experienced two powerful earthquakes that have killed at least 300 people. Mexico City is no...
US Living News: Sex dolls and other odd items keep washing up in this town. NY Post 24 - US News
Sex dolls and other odd items keep washing up in this town.
This is the moment a harbor worker burst out laughing during a cleanup operation — after she pulled a giant inflatable...

Business

Last US Business News: Investors fear driverless cars will make breathalyzers obsolete. NY Post 24 - US News
Investors fear driverless cars will make breathalyzers obsolete.
Driverless cars are going to wreck the breathalyzer business. That, at least, is the growing fear among private-equity investors,...
Last US Business News: SEC chairman refused to answer questions about 2016 hack. NY Post 24 - US News
SEC chairman refused to answer questions about 2016 hack.
Securities and Exchange Commission boss Jay Clayton was feeling the heat on Thursday after he refused to publicly answer...
Last US Business News: iPhone X may be in short supply for holiday season. NY Post 24 - US News
iPhone X may be in short supply for holiday season.
Even Santa Claus might have trouble getting his hands on the iPhone X this Christmas. The production delays facing Apple’s...
Last US Business News: Gatorade banned and fined $300k for bad-mouthing water. NY Post 24 - US News
Gatorade banned and fined $300k for bad-mouthing water.
H2-no! Gatorade has been banned from insulting its main competitor — water — and fined $300,000 after it slandered...
Last US Business News: Americans are expected to spend $9.1B on Halloween crap this year. NY Post 24 - US News
Americans are expected to spend $9.1B on Halloween crap this year.
Americans may be pulling back on spending on apparel — but when its comes to Halloween, the budgets are scary good. Spending...
Last US Business News: Amazon is opening a massive new office in New York City. NY Post 24 - US News
Amazon is opening a massive new office in New York City.
Amazon is opening a massive new office in the Big Apple next year. The Seattle-based web giant has signed a lease for 359,000...
Last US Business News: Sandberg says ads targeting ‘Jew haters’ were Facebook fail. NY Post 24 - US News
Sandberg says ads targeting ‘Jew haters’ were Facebook fail.
Facebook is again apologizing for its ad targeting, this time for algorithms that allowed advertisers to key on the word...
Last US Business News: Senate banking panel to grill Equifax CEO. NY Post 24 - US News
Senate banking panel to grill Equifax CEO.
Credit bureau Equifax’s own reputation will be up for review when its CEO goes before a Senate panel to explain how the...

Metro

Metro News: Mogul could lose town house for defaulting on $12.5M loan. NY Post 24 - US News
Mogul could lose town house for defaulting on $12.5M loan.
It’s Heartbreak Hotel for the former owner of Graceland. Entertainment mogul Robert Sillerman is facing foreclosure on...
Metro News: Heroin dealer’s wife used drug money for luxury shopping spree: prosecutors. NY Post 24 - US News
Heroin dealer’s wife used drug money for luxury shopping spree: prosecutors.
The fiancée of an accused heroin dealer who spent his earnings on a $3,000 Versace pram, a $200,000 gold chain and other...
Metro News: New York would lose $52B under latest GOP health care bill. NY Post 24 - US News
New York would lose $52B under latest GOP health care bill.
New York state would take a $52 billion beating under the latest GOP effort to repeal and replace ObamaCare — the second-largest...
Metro News: ‘Safe’ raw cookie dough made students sick: suit. NY Post 24 - US News
‘Safe’ raw cookie dough made students sick: suit.
The purveyors of New York’s latest foodie craze — raw cookie dough by the scoop — are facing a lawsuit from two city...
Metro News: Photographer loses only copy of wedding photos on subway. NY Post 24 - US News
Photographer loses only copy of wedding photos on subway.
An absent-minded photographer is desperately searching for the only copy of wedding photos that he recently took and left...
Metro News: NYPD makes dramatic rescue on tanker at sea. NY Post 24 - US News
NYPD makes dramatic rescue on tanker at sea.
The NYPD aviation unit made a dramatic rescue Thursday when a man became unconscious on a commercial tanker 12 miles south...
Metro News: Construction worker falls to his death in day’s second fatal accident. NY Post 24 - US News
Construction worker falls to his death in day’s second fatal accident.
Two construction workers fell – one fatally – at an under-construction building development in Manhattan’s Hudson...
Metro News: Model dumped business partner to date NFL player: suit. NY Post 24 - US News
Model dumped business partner to date NFL player: suit.
Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Erin Heatherton allegedly dumped her business partner on a fashion venture to pursue a...

Sport

Last US Sport News: An in-depth diagnosis of Aaron Judge’s September resurgence. NY Post 24 - US News
An in-depth diagnosis of Aaron Judge’s September resurgence.
On Sept. 2, the Yankees had just a one-game lead over the Twins for the top wild-card spot and were ahead of the Angels by...
Last US Sport News: One Yankees reliever starting to get Mariano Rivera comparisons. NY Post 24 - US News
One Yankees reliever starting to get Mariano Rivera comparisons.
As Dellin Betances continues to struggle for a second straight September, Chad Green could become even more important to...
Last US Sport News: Mike Sullivan: Play calling not the biggest problem with Giants ‘O’. NY Post 24 - US News
Mike Sullivan: Play calling not the biggest problem with Giants ‘O’.
Earlier this week, coach Ben McAdoo said he would “look at and talk about” relinquishing play-calling duties, but offensive...
Last US Sport News: Jets have found their perfect transition QB. NY Post 24 - US News
Jets have found their perfect transition QB.
Claude Pelon, a defensive lineman on the Jets practice squad, was trash-talking fellow defensive lineman Mike Pennel about...
Last US Sport News: Yankees must join other MLB teams and extend netting. NY Post 24 - US News
Yankees must join other MLB teams and extend netting.
The Yankees have run out of excuses. Extend the netting. The Reds, Mariners, Padres and Rockies all announced Thursday they...