Tesla will not be ordered to recall its semi-autonomous cars in the US, following a fatal crash in May 2016. The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration closed its investigation after it found no evidence of a defect in the vehicle.
Joshua Brown was killed when his car collided with a lorry while operating in Autopilot mode. Tesla has stated Autopilot is only designed to assist drivers, who must keep their hands on the wheel. The feature is intended to be used on the motorway, where it lets cars automatically change lanes and react to traffic.
The NHTSA report said data from the car showed that “the driver took no braking, steering or other actions to avoid the collision”. The NHSTA said the driver should have seen the lorry for seven seconds, which “should have been enough time”.