Podcast: When Autopilot Cars Crash and Kill

In this image from March 23, 2018, emergency workers work at the scene where a Tesla electric SUV crashed into a barrier on U.S. Route 101 in Mountain View, California. The National Transportation Safety Board says the SUV driver who died in the accident was playing a video game on his smartphone. Chairman Robert Sumwalt said at a 2020 hearing that partially automated driving systems like Tesla’s Autopilot cannot drive themselves. Yet, he says, drivers continue to use them without paying attention.

(KTVU-TV via The Associated Press)