Fatal Crash May Slow Advance of Self-Driving Cars

“There will be repercussions” in regulations, said Dean Pomerleau, a Carnegie Mellon University professor who has worked on driverless cars for 25 years and led several NHTSA research programs. “I think NHTSA is going to want Tesla to turn off Autopilot at least until they learn more.” Even before Thursday’s news, many people working on driverless cars worried that Tesla’s Autopilot was an accident waiting to happen. Mr. Pomerleau said he sold his Tesla stock the day he learned the company was releasing Autopilot. “Anyone who has worked in this area realized that this was inevitable,” he said.