The driver of a Tesla Model X claims that his electric crossover aroused the road and crashed after the autopilot system failed. The accident happened late in the night on February 10 in New Jersey.
The owner's identity has not been released yet, but New Jersey law enforcement officers who arrived at the scene of the accident say he was not injured or charged. Model X, however, caused considerable damage. When he questioned what happened, the driver replied that he went with the Autopilot ̵
"The vehicle could have gone straight or taken the Adams Lane exit, but instead the difference split and went down the middle, took the vehicle off the road and hit several objects at the roadside," the police report explained. The document added that the driver told the officers that he was trying to regain control of the vehicle, but could not override Autopilot.
This is not the first time a Tesla owner has blamed a crash on Autopilot. The California-based company normally uses the vehicle's data logs to summarize a precise idea of what happened before, during and after impact. The logs reveal especially if the driver held both hands on the steering wheel, if the car warned the driver of imminent danger and if the brakes were applied to avoid collision. In this case, Tesla has not yet released its results. After all, it stressed their cars and the Autopilot technology is both safe to use.
"Safety is the top priority at Tesla, and we design and build our cars with this in mind. We also ask our customers to exercise safe behavior when using our vehicles, including following the vehicle instructions to stay and where Currently, when using Autopilot, and being prepared to take control all the time, a representative of the company told Digital Trends via e-mail.
The supplied drivers can easily override Autopilot by easily touching the steering wheel or brake pedal. Tesla also doubts the driver's accusations by pointing out that the brakes can cut power to the electric motors regardless of what Autopilot instructs them to do and by noting that it is possible to override the steering assist function by turning the wheel in the desired position. In other words, from Tesla's perspective, recycling of one Vehicles traveling with Autopilot are not a problem.
"Since we launched Autopilot in 2015, we are not aware of a single instance where Autopilot refused to disconnect," the representative concluded.
Get ready for more about this developmental history.