On Friday, the Tesla Model of S sedan, which has a semi-autonomous Autopilot system, smashed as it plowed into a truck which stopped at a Utah traffic light. According to the police, the female driver has suffered a a minor injury of broken ankle but car has undergone heavy damage.
The Associated sources reported that it is not yet known whether the Autopilot system was engaged in the crash or not, investigations are in process and the National Transportation Safety Board have also been contacted. It is even not clear yet if the NTSB will investigate or not.
The local sources reported that it didn’t appear that brakes were applied before the accident, and witnesses didn’t see the car slow before it crashed into the back of a Unified Fire Authority mechanic truck at 60 mph in the town of South Jordan outside of Salt Lake Cit. The driver of the truck didn’t require treatment.
There was no indication the Tesla’s driver was under the influence of any substance that could have impaired her driving, according to police.
“For unknown reasons, the Tesla failed to stop for the traffic at the red light and ran into the back of the unified Fire Authority vehicle at 60 miles per hour,” local police Sgt. Sam Winkler told Fox-TV 13 in Salt Lake City.
AS per the police statement, the Airbags were activated in the crash. The roads were wet in a light rain.
The Autopilot system of Tesla makes use of cameras and computers to regulate the speed, change lanes and automatically stop cars. But drivers are instructed to keep their hands on the wheel and their eyes and attention on the road.
The National Transportation Safety Board and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are investigating at least two other accidents involving Tesla’s including the crash of a Tesla Model X SUV in California in which the driver was killed.
Investigators are also examining the Autopilot system in that case.
The NTSB and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are also examining a fiery crash last week involving a Tesla Model S that killed two teenagers in Fort Lauderdale.
As reported by Florida’s Sun Sentinel, the probe is focusing on the emergency crew responses to the battery fire issue of Tesla.