Federal Officials Investigating Crash Involving Tesla on Autopilot in Culver City

Federal Officials Investigating Crash Involving Tesla on Autopilot in Culver City

A Tesla Model S rear-ended a fire truck parked on a freeway in the United States on Monday morning but the driver said it wasn't his fault, blaming the state-of-the-art technology instead.

According to Culver City firefighters, who Tweeted a picture and information from the scene, the firetruck was parked on the shoulder of the freeway while its crew worked an accident. The company said it has taken steps to educate drivers about the need to keep their hands on the steering wheel and be prepared to take over from Autopilot, which it calls an "advanced driver assistance system" that is not meant to turn the vehicle into an autonomous auto.

Culver City Fire Department said there had been no injuries.

A driver who was arrested for alleged drunken driving on Saturday evening told police he wasn't driving because his auto was on autopilot. If this was a case of the driver sticking on Autopilot, and forgetting their responsibility to watch the road ahead it wouldn't be the first time. The autopilot system is created to get a driver's attention if it detects a challenging situation and brings the auto to a stop if a driver does not respond.

The driver says, he was not driving.

Both emergency vehicles had their lights flashing, Powell added.

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The safety board did note in its report that the introduction of Tesla's Autosteer software had cut collisions by 40 per cent.

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

About a year and a half ago, news broke that a Tesla Model S had been involved in a fatal crash with a tractor-trailer while Autopilot was engaged. In that case, the Autopilot system, which has since been updated, apparently did not recognize the white truck trailer against the bright sky.

Tesla's autopilot feature requires driver to touch the steering wheel periodically to prove they are alert. The cops found the guy with twice the legal limit of alcohol in his body.

The company has emphasized that "Autopilot is not a fully self-driving technology and drivers need to remain attentive at all times".

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