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Another Tesla Driver Dies After Collision With Semi-Truck

A Tesla driver is dead after their Model 3 collided into a semi-truck in Florida on Friday. The car drove underneath the truck, “resulting in the roof being sheared off as it passed underneath the trailer,” according to a statement from the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office published by the blog Electrek

It is unclear whether Autopilot was engaged at the time of the collision. The circumstances of the crash appear to be similar to the 2016 fatal collision involving Joshua Brown, who had Autopilot engaged when his Model S slammed into the side of a semi-truck. As a result of that crash, federal regulators investigated the role of the semi-autonomous driving feature and examined data supplied by Tesla. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration closed its investigation without finding any technological defects with the car’s technology.

Meanwhile, scores of Tesla drivers don’t appear to fully understand the limits of the car’s most contentious feature, known as “Autosteer.” Many Tesla owners involved in separate car crashes in Florida told The Information last year that they routinely took their hands off the wheel while Autopilot was engaged. 

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