Incident 52: Tesla on AutoPilot Killed Driver in Crash in Florida while Watching Movie
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A Tesla Model S on autopilot crashed into an articulated tractor-trailer on Highway US 27A in Williston, Florida killing the driver, Joshua Brown. The trailer was turning left in front of the incoming Tesla, and the Tesla autopilot system was unable to detect the white trailer against the bright sky. Cruise control was set at 74mph and did not slow before collision. The driver had his hands on the wheel for 25 seconds of the 37 minute trip and was watching a Harry Potter movie when the collision occurred. Before the collision, the driver received 6 audible warnings that his hands had been off the wheel for too long.
A Tesla Model S on autopilot crashed into a white articulated tractor-trailer on Highway US 27A in Williston, Florida, killing the driver.
Harm to physical health/safety
AI System Description
The Tesla Autopilot driving system allows hands-off driving, parking, and navigation using environmental sensors, long range radars, and 360 ultrasonic.
Sector of Deployment
Transportation and storage
Relevant AI functions
Perception, Cognition, Action
Tesla, Joshua Brown, Tesla Model S, Tesla Autopilot
360 Ultrasonic Sonar, Image Recognition Camera, Long Range Radar, traffic patterns
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“It was still playing when he died and sn…
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Joshua D. Brown, 40, from Ohio, died on May 7 in Williston Florida …
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The 40-year-old man who was recently killed in a Tesla Autopilot crash was reportedly watching Harry Potter.
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The former US Navy SEAL believed to be the first person to die at the wheel of a self-driving car, had collected eight speeding tickets over the last six years. It was also reported that Joshua Brown may have been watching a Harry Potter mo…
Joshua D. Brown, the first person to die in a Tesla autopilot accident, was watching a "Harry Potter" movie when the vehicle collided with a tractor-trailer, according to the surviving truck driver.
"It was still playing when he died and sn…
CLOSE A preliminary investigation has begun for a fatal car crash involving a Tesla Model S.According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the electric model sedan had Autopilot mode engaged when a driver was killed. USA T…
Driver in first known fatal self-driving car crash was also driving so fast that ‘he went so fast through my trailer I didn’t see him’, the truck driver involved said
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Joshua Brown, 40, had DVD player inside Tesla at time of crash, meaning he could have been watching Harry Potter film despite earlier claims by car firm
The first man to die behind the wheel of a self-driving car had a DVD player with him m…
On Thursday, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) opened a preliminary investigation to determine if a defect in Tesla’s autopilot feature that caused the death of 40-year-old Josh Brown in Williston, Florida on May 7.…
A still image from a YouTube video showing Joshua Brown in the driver's seat of his Tesla Model S with no hands on the steering wheel while he demonstrates the car's self-driving mode. Photo: AP
The Model S’s in-dash touchscreen doesn’t play video, but the victim of a fatal crash had a portable DVD player in his car.
Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images
Joshua Brown, 40, believed in the power of engineering. He was a former Navy SEAL, a tec…
Tesla crash: DVD player found in car wreckage, amid reports driver was watching Harry Potter
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The Tesla driver killed in a May 7 collision with a truck might have been watching a Harry Potter movie at the time of the crash while the car was in autopilot mode, according to one witness. Joshua D. Brown was killed when the Tesla Model …
The man killed in the first known fatal crash of a self-driving car may have been watching one of the Harry Potter films when the collision happened.
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American crash investigators have thrown open their files on a fatal motorway collision between a Tesla Model S and a truck, confirming Tesla’s earlier statement that its autopilot failed to notice the truck blocking the car’s path.
The top third of a Tesla Model S was sheared off in a fatal collision with a tractor-trailer truck in Florida last year. Robert VanKavelaar/Handout via Reuters
In May 2016, the inevitable happened: A Tesla driver was killed in a crash while…
In what turned out to be a case of morbid irony, last night we reported that Josh Brown, the 40 year old (non) driver of the Tesla which fatally crashed into a truck on May 7 in Florida while in self-driving mode when the car's cameras fail…
On May 7th, 2016, a 40-year-old man named Joshua Brown was killed when his Tesla Model S sedan collided with a tractor-trailer that was crossing his path on US Highway 27A, near Williston, Florida. Nearly three years later, another Tesla ow…
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