Company supports its technology failed to stop collision on same day US traffic safety watchdog opens investigation into crash
A Tesla vehicle was driving in “autopilot” mode when it crashed into a stopped firetruck in Utah, the company said in a report to police that frequently cast blame on the move , not its semi-autonomous driving system.
The confirmation that the vehicle’s technology failed to prevent it from colliding with a stopped object in its path came the same day that the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration( NHTSA) announced it was sending a team to investigate the 11 May crash in Utah.
Tesla officials told police on Wednesday that the motorist, who suffered a broken ankle when her Tesla Model S gate-crashed, had turned on the “autosteer” and “cruise control” peculiarities about 80 seconds before the accident and taken her hands off the rotation, Tesla officials told police on Wednesday.
In recent weeks, Elon Musk’s electric car company has faced fresh investigation over the safety of its autopilot aspect, which is supposed to assist operators in steering the road but cannot drive the cars on its own. In answer to numerous high-profile autopilot gate-crashes, including a fatal collision in California, the CEO has insisted that his engineering is safer than traditional cars. Yet some experts have warned that the semi-autonomous peculiarities hold moves a false-hearted sense of security, allowing them to become easily distracted.
The 28 -year-old Utah driver was looking at her telephone before the collision and was given a traffic citation for” failure to keep proper lookout”, police said Wednesday.
Tesla’s report to police said there were more than a dozen instances of the driver taking her hands off the rotation for more than one minute at a time and that she only re-engaged when she was provided visual notifies.
” Drivers are frequently admonished Autopilot peculiarities do not see Tesla vehicle’ autonomous’ and that the operator perfectly must remain vigilant with their gazes on the road, sides on the pedal and they must be prepared to take any and all action necessary to avoid mishaps along the road ,” the company wrote.