NTSB: Autopilot was in use before Tesla hit semitrailer

DETROIT (AP) — The National Transportation Safety Board says Tesla’s Autopilot semi-autonomous driving system was in use when one of its cars drove beneath a semitrailer in Florida in March, killing the driver.

The crash involving the Tesla Model 3 is strikingly similar to a 2016 crash near Gainesville, Florida, that also killed the driver. In both cases, neither the system nor the drivers stopped before the cars ran into semitrailers.

The March 1 crash in Delray Beach that killed 50-year-old Jeremy Beren Banner raises questions about the effectiveness of the system four years after it went on the market.

Tesla says Autopilot is a driver-assist system and that humans still need to be ready to intervene.

The March crash remains under investigation by the NTSB and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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