NTSB: Driver in fatal Tesla crash was playing video game

NTSB: Driver in fatal Tesla crash was playing video game
In this March 23, 2018 file photo provided by KTVU, emergency personnel work the scene where a Tesla electric SUV crashed into a barrier on U.S. Highway 101 in Mountain View, Calif. (Source: KTVU via AP)

Washington (AP) — The National Transportation Safety Board says the driver of a Tesla SUV who died in a Silicon Valley crash two years ago was playing a video game on his smartphone at the time.

Chairman Robert Sumwalt said at the start of a hearing Tuesday that partially automated driving systems like Tesla’s Autopilot cannot drive themselves.

Yet he says drivers continue to use them without paying attention.

He says the board made recommendations to six automakers to stop the problem and only Tesla has failed to respond.

The board will determine a cause of the crash at the hearing and make recommendations to prevent it from happening again.

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