First self-driving car death: Tesla driver killed in crash while using car’s ‘Autopilot’

First self-driving car death: Tesla driver killed in crash while using car’s ‘Autopilot’, by AP.

[T]he crash occurred when a tractor-trailer rig made a left turn in front of the Tesla at an intersection of a divided highway where there was no traffic light …

Tesla said on its website that neither the driver nor the Autopilot noticed the white side of the trailer … against the brightly lit sky, and neither applied the brakes.

“The high ride height of the trailer combined with its positioning across the road and the extremely rare circumstances of the impact caused the Model S to pass under the trailer,” the company said. The windshield of the Model S collided with the bottom of the trailer.

By the time firefighters arrived, the wreckage of the Tesla — with its roof sheared off completely — was hundreds of feet from the crash site where it had come to rest in a nearby yard… The driver was pronounced dead … and they respectfully covered the wreckage and waited for crash investigators to arrive. …

Tesla says that before Autopilot can be used, drivers have to acknowledge that the system is an “assist feature” that requires a driver to keep both hands on the wheel at all times.