Company substantiates 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 where reference is disintegrated 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 object in its track 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” boasts about 80 seconds before the clang 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 facet, which is supposed to assist drivers in navigating the road but cannot drive the cars on its own. In response to innumerable high-profile autopilot crashes, including a fatal collision in California, the CEO has insisted that his technology is safer than traditional gondolas. Yet some experts have warned that the semi-autonomous facets demonstrate drivers a false sense of security, allowing them to become easily distracted.
The 28 -year-old Utah operator 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 driver 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 advised Autopilot aspects do not establish Tesla vehicle’ autonomous’ and that the operator perfectly must remain vigilant with their attentions on the road, hands on the rotation and they must be prepared to take any and all action necessary to avoid hazards on the road ,” the company wrote.