Preliminary findings indicate the Autopilot system was indeed on at the time of the fatal crash involving a Model 3. The accident occurred in Delray Beach, Florida back on March 1, 2019.
According to NTSB's findings, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) claims that neither Autopilot nor the driver of the Tesla attempted any evasive maneuvers before hitting the truck.
For more information, here's the preliminary report:Investigators state that the driver engaged Autopilot about 10 seconds before the collision. “From less than 8 seconds before the crash to the time of impact, the vehicle did not detect the driver’s hands on the steering wheel,” the NTSB said. The vehicle was traveling at 68 mph when it crashed. The roof of the Model 3 was sheared off as it hit the truck’s trailer, passing underneath, and then coming to a stop 1,600 feet away.
This is the fourth crash that Autopilot has been engaged.