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NTSB Staff to Say Tesla Autopilot Should Share Blame for 2016 Crash

  • Safety Board to meet Tuesday on Florida fatal Florida crash
  • Tesla driver didn’t have hands on wheel as car drove itself


Federal accident investigators are poised to find that Tesla Inc.’s auto-driving system should share blame for a fatal 2016 crash in which a Model S sedan drove itself into the side of a truck.

The investigative staff of U.S. National Transportation Safety Board, in its first probe of the wave of autonomous driving systems being introduced by carmakers, has recommended that Tesla’s Autopilot system be declared a contributing factor in the crash because it allowed the driver to go for long periods without steering or apparently even looking at the road, according to a person briefed on the findings.