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 collided with a firetruck in Utah, told researchers she was using the semi-autonomous system
The driver of a Tesla automobile that failed to stop at a red light and crashed with a firetruck told researchers that the vehicle was operating on “autopilot” mode when it gate-crashed, police said.
A Tesla Model S was traveling at 60 mph when it collided with the emergency vehicle in South Jordan, Utah, on Friday, inducing minor injuries to both operators, officials said Monday. The Tesla driver’s claim that the car was using the autopilot technology has raised fresh questions about the electric car company’s semi-autonomous system, which is supposed to assist operators in steering the road.
The exact case of the gate-crash, which left the driver with a smashed 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 evidences said the car did not brake or take any action to avoid the crash.
” As a remember for operators of semi-autonomous vehicles, it is the driver’s responsibility to stay alert, drive safely, and be in control of the vehicle at all seasons ,” the police department said in a statement.