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The Tesla Didn't Really Crash Itself

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Tesla Model S in AutoPilot mode

The interior of a Tesla Model S in AutoPilot mode.

Credit: Reuters

The U.S. Government revealed Thursday (June 30) that a Tesla Model S crashed into a truck in Florida in May, killing the electric car’s driver. This, the headlines roared, is the first known example of a fatal road accident involving a self-driving car.

Except it is not. The Tesla's "Autopilot" feature was turned on. But the model was not designed to be and should not have been considered to be fully self-driving.

From The Washington Post
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