Autopilot Tesla crashed into the fire truck on the trackJanuary 24, 2018
In the United States, another traffic accident occurred with the participation of an electric vehicle Tesla with an activated autopilot. As reported by Carscoops, Model S moved on the highway in California at a speed of more than 100 km per hour. As a result, the car crashed into the fire service car. As a result of the incident, there were no casualties.
According to the driver of the electric car, the autopilot of his car is to blame for the accident, which did not react to the emergency car. The Tesla Model S received severe damage to the front and is unlikely to be repaired. In turn, the fire engine as a result of an accident damaged the lantern and the bumper. Local law enforcement authorities are investigating the incident.
In the Tesla has repeatedly stressed that the autopilot is an auxiliary function and requires the driver to keep his hands on the handlebars. The car constantly reminds of this and automatically slows down until the driver puts his hands on the steering wheel. The function of a full autopilot is still in beta testing stage, the company reported.
This is not the first road accident involving Tesla cars. The most notorious incident occurred on May 7 in the city of Williston, Florida. Then, as a result of the accident, the driver of the Tesla Model S died. The accident occurred when the freight van turned left in front of the car at the intersection. The investigation affected 25,000 models of Model S.
The company explained that neither the Tesla driver nor the autopilot noticed the white trailer of the wagon because of the bright light, so the brake was not applied. The high ground clearance of the trailer, its position on the track and the “extremely unusual circumstances” of the road accident led to the fact that the lower part of the wagon collided with the front glass of Model S, noted in Tesla.
Later, the National Traffic Safety Administration on the US highway decided to stop the investigation of this road accident. The agency explained that they did not find any problems in the electric car that could lead to an accident.