Electric & Autonomous Vehicles News - 02/25/2020 - Views: 346

Apple engineer killed in Tesla SUV crash on Silicon Valley freeway was playing videogame: NTSB

The National Transportation Safety Board says the driver of a Tesla SUV who died in a Silicon Valley crash two years ago was playing a videogame on his smartphone at the time.

Chairman Robert Sumwalt said at the start of a hearing Tuesday that partially automated driving systems like Tesla’s Autopilot cannot drive themselves. Yet he says drivers continue to use them without paying attention. He says the board made recommendations to six automobile makers in 2017 to stop the problem and only Tesla TSLA, -4.06% has failed to respond.

“If you own a car with partial automation, you do not own a self-driving car,” Sumwalt said in opening statements. “This means that when driving in the supposed ‘self-driving’ mode, you can’t read a book, you can’t watch a movie or TV show, you can’t text and you can’t play video games.”