Tesla Autopilot design combined with driver inattention caused crash, NTSB says

The National Transportation Safety Board said Wednesday that a combination of factors that included driver inattention, the design of Tesla’s advanced driver assistance system Autopilot and an over-reliance on the feature caused the January 2018 crash of a Model S into a parked fire truck on a highway in Southern California. The NTSB filed its briefing on the probable cause of the crash a day after issuing a preliminary brief that provided important details about the incident, including that the Model S was in Autopilot mode when it crashed into the fire truck. The crash, involving a 2014 Tesla Model S, occurred January 22, 2018 in Culver City, Calif. The Tesla had Autopilot engaged for nearly 14 minutes when it …