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Tesla ignored safety board’s Autopilot recommendations, chairman says

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Tesla ignored safety recommendations made by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) about its Autopilot driver assistance system, the board’s chairman Robert Sumwalt said on Tuesday.

The NTSB recommended in 2017 that Tesla and five other automakers working on advanced driver assistance systems should add safeguards that make it harder to misuse those systems. The board also recommended that automakers should place limits on where and when systems like Autopilot can be used.

The five other automakers officially responded to the recommendations within the 90-day window that the safety board prescribes, and the NTSB officially flagged those responses as acceptable. But while Tesla did increase the frequency of alerts when drivers...

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