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Tesla Crashes Into Fire Truck While Reportedly on Autopilot

Tesla Crashes Into Fire Truck While Reportedly on Autopilot”

The Tesla's driver said he had the vehicle's Autopilot driver-assist system engaged when it struck a firetruck at around 65 miles per hour, a union for Culver City, California firefighters said in a tweet on Monday.

According to California's Culver City Fire Department, the Tesla auto had been on autopilot, and traveling at 104km per hour, when it hit the parked fire truck. It was going that fast because the driver told firefighters the Tesla was on the vehicle's "Autopilot" feature. Amazingly there were no injuries! While truly driverless cars are still a few years away, Tesla Autopilot functions like the systems that airplane pilots use when conditions are clear. The company claims it's tried to educate drivers on how to safely operate the system, but critics have pointed out that many owners still don't understand how truly limited Autopilot really is. But the company instructs drivers to be alert because they are ultimately responsible for their vehicle and whatever it smacks into.

The driver says, he was not driving. The feds are involved because the vehicle was reportedly in autopilot mode at the time of the crash. They also have flashing lights and noisy sirens, all the stuff you need to notice the truck and get out of its way.

The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board will investigate an accident involving a Tesla Inc.

Contacted by Electrek, the EV manufacturer did not make any statement regarding the accident, stating once more instead that the Autopilot feature requires the full attention of the driver at all times. The change reduced the period of time before the "Autopilot" system issues a warning/alert when the driver's hands are off the steering wheel.

The fatal incident raised questions about the safety of systems that can perform driving tasks for extended stretches of time with little or no human intervention, but which cannot completely replace human drivers. Model S also comes with Autopilot capabilities.

This dude was arrested and charged with suspicion of DUI with a blood alcohol content "more than" twice the legal limit.



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