Tesla Crash With Autopilot Triggers Safety Board's Interest

A Tesla Model S, reportedly using the Autopilot feature, smashed into the back of a parked fire truck on a freeway accident scene in southern California.

The luxury auto slammed into the back of a fire engine while traveling at a speed of 65 miles per hour on Monday, Culver City firefighters tweeted.

According to the California Highway Patrol, the driver explained that his Tesla electric vehicle "had been set on autopilot", obviating the need for him to be in control of the vehicle or, well, sober.

The good thing about the Californian EVs is that they at least provide excellent crash safety to their gullible drivers whenever they mistakingly overestimate the car's self-driving capabilities. Additionally, the Autopilot system is not created to be used on roads with crossing traffic.

The NTSB said Tesla could have taken further steps to prevent the system's misuse, and faulted the driver for not paying attention. The system is only developed to lower the driver's workload by taking over mundane and repetitive tasks like avoiding other moving cars and staying in the lane. There's also "ultrasonic" sensors all around the vehicle to detect hard and soft objects.

Tesla has stated that its drivers acknowledge the system is new technology and are told to keep their hands on the wheel.

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The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board said it was gathering information on the accident but it hadn't decided whether to open a formal investigation.

The NTSB previously investigated Tesla after a Model S crash in 2016 in which the driver died.

Tesla Autopilot relieves drivers of the most tedious and potentially risky aspects of road travel.

The driver had a blood alcohol content almost double the legal limit and a tenuous relationship with consciousness when his auto slammed into the back of a parked firetruck on Interstate 405 in Culver City. The board advised Tesla to make a number of changes to the Autopilot system to make it safer and the carmaker did make a few.

According to the police, the idiot tried to claim that he was OK to risk his own life, and that of other drivers, by driving drunk because his Tesla was on Autopilot.

  • Regina Walsh