Joshua Brown: First Man Killed By Tesla Autopilot, Photos & Facts About The Case
Joshua Brown was behind the wheel of his 2015 Tesla Model S when it went under the back of a tractor trailer. It seems that the crash killed him instantly, as police reported that Brown was found dead at the scene.Advertisement
Brown was no stranger to Tesla and its Autopilot mode. A series of videos on his YouTube page revealed that he had been constantly testing the feature. Eerily enough, a few months back, Brown demonstrated how the autopilot on Tesla Model S managed to save him autonomously from a possible side collision with a boom truck.
After the test, he even remarked, “I have done a lot of testing with the sensors in the car and the software capabilities. I have always been impressed with the car, but I had not tested the car’s side collision avoidance. I am VERY impressed. Excellent job, Elon!”
If you knew Brown, you would understand why he is into technology so much. In fact, his own business revolved around technology. He was the founder and owner of Nexu Innovations, a research and development company providing network systems, camera systems, VoIP systems, and more. Brown’s aim was to constantly make improvements to further help his clients.
“If there is a way to make them more beneficial to the end user, I will,” he said.
Before settling with his company, Brown had an exciting career in the military. He was part of the U.S. Navy for 11 1/2 distinguished years. Here, he took on the role of a Master Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician (EOD). In time, Brown would also take the BUD/S training and become a Navy SEAL. After leaving the military, he went to work for a company called Tactical Electronics before setting up his own business.
On May 7, Brown was tragically killed while driving his Tesla along US 27A. After the Tesla’s roof was struck by the underside of the trailer, the car continued to travel until it struck a fence. The car smashed through two fences before striking a power pole. According to a report from Electrek, charges are still pending.
Following Brown’s death, Tesla issued a statement, saying, “The customer who died in this crash had a loving family and we are beyond saddened by their loss. He was a friend to Tesla and the broader EV community, a person who spent his life focused on innovation and the promise of technology and who believed strongly in Tesla’s mission.”
Tesla noted that, had the car impacted the front or rear of the trailer instead, the advanced crash safety system would have been deployed and “prevented serious injury as it has in numerous other similar incidents.”
The company also said that neither Brown nor the Autopilot engaged the brakes, as they both failed to notice the white side of the tractor trailer “against a brightly lit sky.”
According to his obituary, Brown is survived by his parents, sister, nieces, nephews, and a number of aunts, uncles and cousins.
Also read: Tesla Announces Autopilot Crash Fatality