Company supports its technology failed to stop collision on same day US traffic safety watchdog opens investigation into crash
A Tesla gondola was driving in “autopilot” mode where reference is gate-crashed into a stopped firetruck in Utah, the company said in a report to police that frequently cast blamed on the driver , not its semi-autonomous driving system.
The confirmation that the vehicle’s technology failed to prevent it from colliding with a stopped objective in its route 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 crashed, had turned on the “autosteer” and “cruise control” peculiarities about 80 seconds before the crash 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 scrutiny over the safety of its autopilot peculiarity, which is supposed to assist drivers in navigating the road but cannot drive the cars on its own. In answer to innumerable high-profile autopilot crashes, including a fatal collision in California, the CEO has insisted that his technology is safer than traditional automobiles. Yet some experts have warned that the semi-autonomous peculiarities establish motorists a spuriou sense of security, allowing them to become easily disconcerted.
The 28 -year-old Utah driver was looking at her phone 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 the case of an the move taking her hands off the rotate for more than one minute at a time and that she only re-engaged when she was provided visual alarms.
” Drivers are frequently admonished Autopilot facets do not establish Tesla vehicle’ autonomous’ and that the motorist absolutely must remain vigilant with their sees on the road, sides on the rotate and they must be prepared to take any and all action necessary to avoid jeopardies on the road ,” the company wrote.