Tesla's fatal autopilot crash investigation has concluded: Here's what it said

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A US government investigation into Tesla's autopilot system following a fatal crash, has found that the tech company gave drivers enough warning around the system and identified no defects, avoiding a recall of the Model S cars.

The report by the US department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said:

"Although perhaps not as specific as it could be, Tesla has provided information about system limitations in the owner’s manuals, user interface and associated warnings/alerts, as well as a driver monitoring system that is intended to aid the driver in remaining engaged in the driving task at all times."

It added: "A safety-related defect trend has not been identified at this time and further examination of this issue does not appear to be warranted."

Tesla's autopilot feature was on when the crash occurred last year in Florida. It is a semi-autonomous system but drivers are told to remain alert and keep their hands on the wheel.

Tesla called the crash a tragic loss in June last year, a month after it occured and said it was the first known fatality in more than 130m miles of combined Tesla autopilot driving.

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