Monday, 20 August, 2018

Tesla Model S involved in another Autopilot accident

US safety agency sends team to investigate Tesla crash Tesla confirms Utah driver engaged autopilot functions before slamming into firetruck
Doris Mccormick | 17 May, 2018, 16:58

"Each time she put her hands back on the wheel, she took them back off the wheel after a few seconds", Tesla's report, as released by South Jordan Police Department, said.

According to Tesla technicians, the recovered data from the vehicle showed that the driver repeatedly cancelled and re-engaged the Autopilot features.

At the time, she told the police that the vehicle was on Autopilot and later admitted that she was on her phone.

Police say the auto smashed into a stationary firetruck at around 100km/h, leaving the driver with a broken right ankle.

Drivers are repeatedly advised Autopilot features do not make Tesla vehicles "autonomous" and that the driver absolutely must remain vigilant with their eyes on the road, hands on the wheel and they must be prepared to take any and all action necessary to avoid hazards on the road.

"Tesla has always been clear that Autopilot doesn't make the auto impervious to all accidents", the statement said.

The driver of the firetruck was checked for whiplash injuries but did not go to the hospital.

During the driver's trip, she reportedly toggled Autopilot and active cruise control on and off on multiple occasions, and modified the vehicle's cruise speed at varying points.

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The Tesla report also noted that instructions provided to drivers about their vehicle's automation features expressly instruct that they maintain attention, and hands on the wheel, at all times.

A 28-year-old Lehi woman was issued a citation after her Tesla slammed into the back of truck. "She did not touch the steering wheel for the next 80 seconds until the crash happened".

According to the release, 82 seconds prior to the crash, she again activated Autopilot and adaptive cruise control, and removed her hands from the wheel within two seconds of activation. After a fatal Tesla Model X crash on Highway 101 in Mountain View in March, Tesla reported that the driver of that auto had been warned repeatedly during the trip to put his hands on the wheel, and that his hands were not detected on the wheel for six seconds before the collision.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has sent an investigations team to Utah to probe the May 11 wreck, Bloomberg reported Wednesday.

The "superior" rating which Model 3 has achieved for IIHS' front crash prevention tests is the same as the rating already achieved by Tesla's Model S and Model X electric vehicles.

The National Transportation Safety Board, a separate government agency that looks into accidents and makes safety recommendations, has said it is not investigating the Utah crash.

Tesla says the system is not created to avoid a collision and warns drivers not to rely on it entirely; it's unclear if the system activated before this crash.

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