The driver, Joshua Brown, of Ohio, was a Navy veteran who'd worked with SEAL Team Six. In April of this year, he shared a dashcam video of Tesla's autopilot preventing an accident — a video Tesla's CEO Elon Musk also shared.
According to The Associated Press, Brown received eight speeding tickets in a span of six years.
Tesla said drivers using autopilot in any of its cars must acknowledge that the system "is an assist feature that requires you to keep your hands on the steering wheel at all times." While autopilot is engaged, the car must continually detect the driver's hands on the wheel.
Tesla's aren't the only cars on the road with self-driving capability. Since Google's self-driving cars hit the road in 2009, they've been involved in about 20 accidents, none with more than minor injuries.
This video includes clips from Tesla Motors and Google.