Tesla driver says automobile was in autopilot when it disintegrated at 60 mph
Driver of Model S, which failed to stop at a red light and crashed with a firetruck in Utah, told researchers she was using the semi-autonomous system
The driver of a Tesla gondola that failed to stop at a red light and collided with a firetruck told sleuths that the vehicle was operating on “autopilot” mode when it crashed, police said.
A Tesla Model S was traveling at 60 mph when it crashed with the emergency vehicle in South Jordan, Utah, on Friday, making minor injuries to both operators, officials said Monday. The Tesla driver’s claim that the car was using the autopilot technology has raised fresh the issues of the electric car company’s semi-autonomous system, which is supposed to assist operators in navigating the road.
The exact crusade of the gate-crash, which left the driver with a burst ankle, remains unknown, with Tesla saying it did not yet have the car’s data and could not comment on whether autopilot was engaged. South Jordan police also said the 28 -year-old driver” admitted that she was looking at her telephone prior to the collision” and that onlookers said the car did not brake or take any action to avoid the crash.
” As a reminder for drivers of semi-autonomous vehicles, it is the driver’s responsibility to stay alert, drive safely, and be in control of the vehicle at all times ,” the police department said in a statement.