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Tesla autopilot system engaged in fatal Florida crash

Tesla Inc's autopilot system was activated by a driver who was killed in a crash in Florida in March, media reported on Thursday.

In its initial report into the accident that was released on Thursday, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said that preliminary data showed that the Tesla driver engaged the autopilot system about 10 seconds before the crash and that it was active when the vehicle was struck by a truck trailer, killing the driver. The NTSB added that the Tesla was traveling about 25 kilometers over the speed limit at the time of the accident and that there was no evidence that it "executed evasive measures." However, its report did not conclude who was responsible for the crash.

The system was defended by Tesla, who stated that "Tesla drivers have logged more than one billion miles with Autopilot engaged and our data shows that, when used properly by an attentive driver who is prepared to take control at all times, drivers supported by Autopilot are safer than those operating without assistance." The company recently revealed that autopilot will henceforth be included in its vehicles as a standard feature.

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