A Dutch family was returning home from Belgium when they ran into some trouble. Two SUVs in front of the family's car crashed together, and it appeared that their car might get swept up in the crash. However, this family was riding in a Tesla Model X-equipped with an autonomous driving system that has proven both good and bad.
It has traveled over 130 million miles while being tested in some 70,000 vehicles all over the world, but is it safe? The Tesla autopilot feature has its fair share of critics. However, most of its critics didn't have much to complain about until May 7th. On that day, a Tesla Model S crashed while in autopilot mode. Now, the government is turning the auto industry upside down because of it.
A Tesla vehicle in semi-autonomous mode has crashed, and the car's driver has died. This wreck has stirred questions of safety and responsibility, but nobody in the automotive industry has answers. Who is responsible for these types of crashes? Is there any way to prevent future driverless vehicle wrecks? Will the Tesla crash halt the development of autonomous vehicles? The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is trying to find out.