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International 09/16

Autopilot fatality reveals risks of technology testing

In May, a semi-autonomous car was involved in the first fatal crash of its kind when a Tesla Model S operating in Autopilot mode and its driver failed to recognize a white semi-truck turning left across the highway ahead of the car. The driver was killed when the car passed under the trailer of the truck and careened off the road. This accident presents challenges for the introduction of semi-autonomous features, as transportation regulators work to maintain safety while promoting innovation. Moving forward, regulators should work with Tesla and other automotive manufacturers in order to improve driverless car technology.

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