Tesla’s Autopilot is being blamed for another accident.
According to The Detroit Free Press, a Model X was involved in an accident on the Pennsylvania Turnpike where it hit a guard rail and a concrete median before rolling over. Both occupants in the vehicle survived the accident and the driver claimed that Autopilot was activated when the vehicle crashed. Now the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is investigating the incident, to see what role Autopilot played.
Tesla released a statement saying that it has “no data to suggest that Autopilot was engaged at the time of the incident.” The American automaker went on to say that anytime there is a significant accident, the company receives a crash detection alert that allows them to see if the semi-autonomous driving system was active at the time of the crash.
“We received an automated alert from this vehicle on July 1 indicating airbag deployment, but logs containing detailed information on the state of the vehicle controls at the time of the collision were never received,” Tesla elaborated in a statement sent to Electrek. “This is consistent with damage of the severity reported in the press, which can cause the antenna to fail. As we do with all crash events, we immediately reached out to the customer to confirm they were ok and offer support but were unable to reach him. We have since attempted to contact the customer three times by phone without success. Based on the information we have now, we have no reason to believe that Autopilot had anything to do with this accident.”
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