Someone drag Google’s Eric Schmidt back in here to tell us all how safe and wonderful these driverless cars are going to be when they’re all over the road.
Tesla said Thursday a driver was killed while using the “autopilot” self-driving mechanism on its Model S electric car, leading to a federal safety investigation.
Tesla said the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) had opened a “preliminary evaluation” into the performance of Autopilot after the electric car company notified the agency of the fatality.
In a statement, Tesla said it the fatality was “a tragic loss” and was the first such incident with autopilot activated.
“This is the first known fatality in just over 130 million miles (209 million kilometers) where Autopilot was activated,” the company said.
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