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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: ‘Airline’ offers full flying experience without ever taking off. NY Post 24 - US News
‘Airline’ offers full flying experience without ever taking off.
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World Tech News: Dementia sufferers may benefit from VR trip back in time. NY Post 24 - US News
Dementia sufferers may benefit from VR trip back in time.
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World Tech News: Scientists invent floating ‘firefly’ light that rides ultrasound waves. NY Post 24 - US News
Scientists invent floating ‘firefly’ light that rides ultrasound waves.
TOKYO — Japanese engineering researchers say they have created a tiny electronic light the size of a firefly which...
World Tech News: New defensive missile is ‘like hitting a bullet with a bullet’. NY Post 24 - US News
New defensive missile is ‘like hitting a bullet with a bullet’.
Threats to the United States are evolving every day and the technology is getting significantly more advanced. A new missile...

Opinion

Last US News - Opinion: Why the city seems helpless to shut down Harlem’s ‘hate sign’. NY Post 24 - US News
Why the city seems helpless to shut down Harlem’s ‘hate sign’.
In the bitter struggle to force Harlem’s Atlah church to take down a sickeningly gay-bashing, illegal sign, the city’s...
Last US News - Opinion: When it comes to the Parkland teens, one side is horrible — and the other’s tawdry. NY Post 24 - US News
When it comes to the Parkland teens, one side is horrible — and the other’s tawdry.
In the wake of the horrific slaughter in Parkland, Fla., a cadre of energized and understandably traumatized teenagers has...
Last US News - Opinion: The Twitterizing of gun politics, Trudeau’s India disaster and other comments. NY Post 24 - US News
The Twitterizing of gun politics, Trudeau’s India disaster and other comments.
From the right: The Twitterizing of Gun Politics Televised political “town hall” meetings “tend to be awkward, terrible,...
Last US News - Opinion: John Kelly is still the chief of staff Trump needs. NY Post 24 - US News
John Kelly is still the chief of staff Trump needs.
If John Kelly didn’t exist, President Trump would have to invent him, and he wouldn’t be able to. The chief of staff...
Last US News - Opinion: Supreme Court poised to reshape New York’s political landscape. NY Post 24 - US News
Supreme Court poised to reshape New York’s political landscape.
On Monday the US Supreme Court hears oral arguments on what’ll likely be one of its most groundbreaking decisions in decades....

Living

US Living News: ‘Doomsday’ seed vault on Arctic island to get $13M upgrade. NY Post 24 - US News
‘Doomsday’ seed vault on Arctic island to get $13M upgrade.
OSLO – Norway plans to spend 100 million Norwegian crowns ($13 million) to upgrade a doomsday seed vault on an Arctic...
US Living News: Stolen Degas painting found in suitcase on bus. NY Post 24 - US News
Stolen Degas painting found in suitcase on bus.
PARIS — French customs officers have found an impressionist painting by Edgar Degas stowed on a bus, more than eight years...
US Living News: NYC’s 9-foot-tall, trippy new art installation. NY Post 24 - US News
NYC’s 9-foot-tall, trippy new art installation.
A new art installation just rolled into the Garment District: six 9-foot-high wheels, which passers-by can crawl into and...
US Living News: ‘Airline’ offers full flying experience without ever taking off. NY Post 24 - US News
‘Airline’ offers full flying experience without ever taking off.
You know what gets me through those long hours of uncomfortable sitting, aching legs, mediocre meals, screaming kids, rude...
US Living News: This crazy new ‘secret’ bar is inside an ice cream shop. NY Post 24 - US News
This crazy new ‘secret’ bar is inside an ice cream shop.
Take a closer look at the neon ice-cream cone lighting up a part of Second Avenue on the Upper East Side. It marks UES.,...
US Living News: Dementia sufferers may benefit from VR trip back in time. NY Post 24 - US News
Dementia sufferers may benefit from VR trip back in time.
HINDHEAD, England – For 93-year-old Daphne Padfield, a dementia sufferer in an English care home, the arrival of a...
US Living News: Airport installs garbage cans for legal marijuana. NY Post 24 - US News
Airport installs garbage cans for legal marijuana.
Tourists leaving Las Vegas can now dispose of their leftover, legally-purchased marijuana at specially designated bins outside...
US Living News: In India, free boob jobs for poor women to boost their confidence. NY Post 24 - US News
In India, free boob jobs for poor women to boost their confidence.
Thousands of women in India’s Tamil Nadu state have been offered free boob jobs because “poor people also have...

Business

Last US Business News: China may be eager to sell Waldorf Astoria after seizing control. NY Post 24 - US News
China may be eager to sell Waldorf Astoria after seizing control.
The Chinese government just took control of the Waldorf Astoria — but it doesn’t seem to be interested in revamping the...
Last US Business News: Wall Street looks for clues from tight-lipped new Fed chair. NY Post 24 - US News
Wall Street looks for clues from tight-lipped new Fed chair.
The biggest riddle on Wall Street is about the man in the middle of it. Investors on Friday scrambled to interpret the first...
Last US Business News: Citi will refund $335M to cardholders it overcharged. NY Post 24 - US News
Citi will refund $335M to cardholders it overcharged.
Citi’s credit-card customers will receive $335 million in refunds after the bank failed to lower their interest rates in...
Last US Business News: Brands ending discounts and benefits for NRA members. NY Post 24 - US News
Brands ending discounts and benefits for NRA members.
Three car rental brands owned by Enterprise Holdings Inc will end discount programs with members of the National Rifle Association...
Last US Business News: China seizes control of Waldorf Astoria’s owner for economic crimes. NY Post 24 - US News
China seizes control of Waldorf Astoria’s owner for economic crimes.
The Chinese government on Friday seized control of insurance giant Anbang – the free-spending owner of New York’s...
Last US Business News: General Mills to buy natural pet food company for $8 billion. NY Post 24 - US News
General Mills to buy natural pet food company for $8 billion.
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Last US Business News: Chinese goverment seizes Anbang, owner of NYC’s Waldorf. NY Post 24 - US News
Chinese goverment seizes Anbang, owner of NYC’s Waldorf.
The Chinese government on Friday seized control of Anbang Insurance Group, one of China’s biggest insurance conglomerates,...
Last US Business News: Redbox wins round against Disney in copyright battle. NY Post 24 - US News
Redbox wins round against Disney in copyright battle.
Redbox can continue to unbundle Disney’s combo packs and rent or sell the movie discs separately, a federal judge has ruled....

Metro

Metro News: Bodega cashier suing NYPD for false arrest loses court case. NY Post 24 - US News
Bodega cashier suing NYPD for false arrest loses court case.
The lowly Brooklyn bodega cashier who tried to take on the NYPD — insisting he had been busted on bogus crack-possession...
Metro News: Judge lets dog owner off easy for leaving pup in freezing car. NY Post 24 - US News
Judge lets dog owner off easy for leaving pup in freezing car.
Hey, Chihuahuas shiver! That’s what a Manhattan lawyer argued in getting a Philadelphia college student off the hook for...
Metro News: Ex-MTA manager heads to prison for $152K bribe scheme. NY Post 24 - US News
Ex-MTA manager heads to prison for $152K bribe scheme.
A former MTA manager is heading to federal prison for almost four years for admittedly pocketing $152,400 in bribes from...
Metro News: Cop accused of tossing machete from domestic violence case into pond. NY Post 24 - US News
Cop accused of tossing machete from domestic violence case into pond.
A Bronx cop is accused of being so lazy that he tossed a key piece of evidence in a domestic-violence case — a machete...
Metro News: Coney Island cop accused of flashing female officers. NY Post 24 - US News
Coney Island cop accused of flashing female officers.
A Coney Island cop is accused of having a perverted secret obsession — flashing female police officers in his own precinct,...
Metro News: Martin Shkreli got buff in prison. NY Post 24 - US News
Martin Shkreli got buff in prison.
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Metro News: School district finally settles with family after bullied teen’s suicide. NY Post 24 - US News
School district finally settles with family after bullied teen’s suicide.
MORRISTOWN, N.J. — A school district will pay more than $600,000 to the family of a teenager who took his own life after...
Metro News: Vandal tags NYU building with 4th swastika in past two months. NY Post 24 - US News
Vandal tags NYU building with 4th swastika in past two months.
Cops are on the hunt for a hateful vandal who scratched a swastika into the wall of an NYU building — where the anti-Semitic...

Sport

Last US Sport News: US men’s curling team captures unlikely gold medal. NY Post 24 - US News
US men’s curling team captures unlikely gold medal.
GANGNEUNG, South Korea — The American men have won the Olympic gold medal in curling in a decisive upset of Sweden. John...
Last US Sport News: Aaron Boone gets endorsement from the original ‘Gardy’. NY Post 24 - US News
Aaron Boone gets endorsement from the original ‘Gardy’.
TAMPA — This Grapefruit League opener, Friday afternoon at George M. Steinbrenner Field, presented a study in contrasts....
Last US Sport News: Chris Kreider’s return a reminder of what Rangers were missing. NY Post 24 - US News
Chris Kreider’s return a reminder of what Rangers were missing.
It didn’t take long for Chris Kreider to remind everyone what the Rangers have been missing. The integral winger returned...
Last US Sport News: St. John’s gets big contributions from this unsung hero. NY Post 24 - US News
St. John’s gets big contributions from this unsung hero.
It’s tough to turn your eyes away from Shamorie Ponds when St. John’s is attacking. You don’t know what he’s going...
Last US Sport News: Giants awarded an additional pick in this year’s NFL draft. NY Post 24 - US News
Giants awarded an additional pick in this year’s NFL draft.
The Giants were awarded a compensatory draft pick on Friday, gaining an additional fourth-round pick in April’s draft....