Incident 321: Tesla Model X on Autopilot Crashed into California Highway Barrier, Killing Driver

Description: A Tesla Model X P100D operating on Autopilot's Traffic-Aware Cruise Control (TACC) and Autosteer system allegedly accelerated above the speed limit of a highway in Mountain View, California, and steered itself directly into a barrier, resulting in its driver’s death.


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Alleged: Tesla developed and deployed an AI system, which harmed Walter Huang's family and Walter Huang.

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Khoa Lam, Daniel Atherton
Watch Tesla Autopilot Tackle This ‘Curve of Death’ in Impressive Video · 2018

Tesla’s Autopilot is getting smarter. The semi-autonomous driving system, set to form the basis of CEO Elon Musk’s self-driving car ambitions, has been receiving regular software updates to improve the underlying artificial intelligence. Th…

Tesla Model X driver dies in Mountain View crash · 2018

A Tesla vehicle is at the center of another tragic crash, and the company is coming under renewed scrutiny over safety concerns as a result. The driver of a Model X has died after his electric SUV collided with a median barrier on Highway 1…

Tesla car with 'autopilot' function investigated after fatal crash · 2018

Tesla has defended its Autopilot driver-assist technology after a probe was launched into a fatal crash involving a Tesla Model X SUV.

The accident took place on the afternoon of Friday 23 March on a motorway in Mountain View, California. T…

Tesla in fatal California crash was on Autopilot · 2018

Electric carmaker Tesla says a vehicle involved in a fatal crash in California was in Autopilot mode, raising further questions about the safety of self-driving technology.

One of the company's Model X cars crashed into a roadside barrier a…

Tesla says crashed vehicle had been on autopilot prior to accident · 2018

Tesla said on Friday that a Tesla Model X involved a fatal crash in California last week had activated its Autopilot system, raising new questions about the semi-autonomous system that handles some driving tasks.

Tesla also said vehicle log…

Tesla's Self-Driving Autopilot Involved in Another Deadly Crash · 2018

TESLA NOW HAS another fatality to hang on its semi-autonomous driving system. The company just revealed that its Autopilot feature was turned on when a Model X SUV slammed into a concrete highway lane divider and burst into flames on the mo…

Tesla car that crashed and killed driver was running on Autopilot, firm says · 2018

Tesla has said a car that crashed in California last week, killing its driver, was operating on Autopilot.

The 23 March crash on highway 101 in Mountain View is the latest accident to involve self-driving technology. Earlier this month, a s…

Collision Between a Sport Utility Vehicle Operating With Partial Driving Automation and a Crash Attenuator · 2018

What Happened

On March 23, 2018, at 9:27 a.m., a 2017 Tesla Model X P100D electric-powered sport utility vehicle (SUV), occupied by a 38-year-old male driver, was traveling south on US Highway 101 (US-101) in Mountain View, Santa Clara Coun…

Report: Model X In Latest Tesla Autopilot Death Accelerated And Steered Into Barrier · 2018

The National Transportation Safety Board has issued a preliminary report on the Tesla Model X P100D crash that killed its occupant on March 23rd on a highway in California. The report has detailed information on the pre-crash events. Part o…

Tesla Model X in California Crash Sped Up Seconds Before Impact · 2018

(Bloomberg) -- The Tesla Inc. Model X that crashed in California while being guided by its semi-autonomous driving system sped up to 71 miles an hour in the seconds before the vehicle slammed into a highway barrier, investigators said Thurs…

NTSB: Tesla driver killed in crash did not have his hands on the wheel · 2018

On Friday, March 23, a Tesla Model X crashed into a concrete divider on U.S. Highway 101 in Mountain View, California. The driver died as a result of the crash — which occurred despite numerous warnings, the car company said.

Now, the Natio…

Driver in Fatal Tesla Model X Crash Had Complained about Autopilot · 2020
  • On March 23, 2018, Walter Huang's 2017 Tesla Model X P100D veered out of its lane and into a center divider. He died from his injuries.
  • National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) documents show that Huang had complained about the feature …
In 2018 crash, Tesla’s Autopilot just followed the lane lines · 2024
Faiz Siddiqui, Trisha Thadani post-incident response

In Tesla's marketing materials, the company's Autopilot driver-assistance system is cast as a technological marvel that uses "advanced cameras, sensors and computing power" to steer, accelerate and brake automatically --- even change lanes …

Tesla settles suit over 2018 Autopilot crash that killed Apple engineer · 2024
Trisha Thadani post-incident response

SAN FRANCISCO --- Tesla has settled a long-running lawsuit over the 2018 death of a former Apple engineer whose vehicle veered off a highway in Northern California, court documents say, avoiding a lengthy jury trial over what role its drive…


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