Tesla Model X increased speed few seconds before the accident

  • June 22, 2018

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) published a preliminary report on the investigation of the fatal accident that occurred with the Tesla Model X electric car on March 23 in California.

The investigation confirmed Tesla's report that before the accident the electric car was moving on autopilot. The 38-year-old driver, who died shortly after the accident in the hospital, did not hold his hand on the steering wheel six seconds before the incident, although he received two visual and one voice warning about the need to do this 15 minutes before the accident when he removed his hands from the steering wheel.

The logbook data, reconstructed by the NTSB, shows that 8 seconds before the crash the car followed another car, moving at a speed of 65 miles per hour (105 km / h). Seconds later Model X began to turn left. Then the car behind which the electric car was moving went to the side, which made the Model X speed from 62 (100 km) to 70.8 mph (114 km / h). Before the collision of an electric vehicle with a concrete separator, there were no attempts to brake or move the rudder away from the obstacle.

Tesla declined to comment on the NTSB report, even in March reported that the driver did not attempt to brake or take action to avoid a collision.