From an Electrek article, a quote from Tesla’s earning call reveals more information about the Texas crash:
“We did a study with the authorities within the past week to understand what happened in that particular crash and what we have learned from that is Autosteer did not and could not engage on the road conditions as it was designed and adaptive cruise control only engaged when the driver was buckled and driving above 5 mph, and it only accelerated to 30 mph within the distance before the car crash.”
As well, the car’s adaptive cruise control decelerated and came to a stop after the driver’s seatbelt was unbuckled.Through further investigation of the vehicle accident remains with NTSB and local police and we were able to find that the steering wheel was indeed deformed leading to the likelihood that someone was indeed in the driver’s seat and all seatbelts post-crash were unbuckled.
That is a bit hard to parse, but, if true, it sounds like this crash was not due to a flaw in the self driving system, as self driving was not engaged, and traffic aware cruise control only accelerated to 30 MPH, and then disengaged when the seat belt was unbuckled.
Some people want the crash to be Tesla’s fault, or generic self-driving’s fault. I can understand that, as Musk can be an epic asshole, and self-driving is an over hyped, over promised dream for the foreseeable future. It’s important to follow the evidence.