cwerdna wrote:http://electrek.co/2016/07/01/images-aftermath-fatal-tesla-autopilot-crash-video/ has news coverage and an image of the decimated car. They spoke to a person who said a woman doing 85 mph was passed by the Model S, in question.
Then there was the claim again that a movie was playing in the center dash display, which is supposedly impossible.
According to this report - Police say he was going the posted 65 mph speed limit.http://www.mercurynews.com/business/ci_ ... l-accident
Police estimate Brown was traveling at the posted 65-mph speed limit.
AP, from what I've read limits speed to posted limit + 5 mph.
I'd say, this is - at least partly - truck driver's fault if Tesla wasn't speeding.
It will be interesting to see how this plays out. BTW, that Mercury News article states the crash happened at 3:40 which is incorrect, as the Highway Patrol report says 4:40 not once but twice, and also includes the dispatch (4:41) and arrival (4:44) [Correction, Dispatch time, not arrival. On-scene arrival time of the officer was 5:10
] times of the officer making the report. The report also says that the Tesla was in the right hand lane going straight, and there's no mention of any attempt to brake or skid marks. I used an online solar calculator to determine where the sun's azimuth and elevation would be at 4:40 EDT in Bronson (265.4 true, 44.4 degrees), and estimated the Tesla's true heading from both the overhead view Google map and the Street View, at between 100 and 120 true, so the sun would have been between 145 and 165 degrees to the right rear of the driver, and probably still too high to reach him through the back window, depending on whether or not he had the pano roof - in any case, glare on the windshield wasn't a factor, and the semi would have been unmistakable, whether reflecting the sun or not.
Given the completely unobstructed view of the road ahead on both sides of the median, plus the fact that Brown was in the right lane and must have hit the trailer between the aft axle of the tractor and the forward axle of the trailer to continue on beyond it in nearly a straight line, he clearly didn't react AT ALL from the time when the truck started to make the turn until more than half of it had crossed both
lanes in front of him. This is incomprehensible if he was paying attention to the road, regardless of whether he or autopilot was doing the steering and controlling the speed in the run up.
So, I could maybe see responsibility being assessed as 1/3rd Brown, 1/3rd Tesla and 1/3rd Baressi if he's found at fault. If not, then it could go anywhere from 50/50 to 90/10 either way between Brown and Tesla. Brown's decision to abdicate responsibility for his own and other people's safety and give it to his car gives him ultimate responsibility for the accident and his own death, but the fact that Autopilot allows the driver to even make that decision, when the sensors/software clearly lack the necessary capability, makes Tesla culpable as well. If Brown was using Autopilot and speeding at the time (we'll see), that really boosts Tesla's culpability. At least, that's how I'd see it if I were deciding things.