Tesla denies that accident was caused by car’s autopilot mode.
Tesla refused the claims of the car being in Autopilot mode when a car was crashed on the Pennsylvania Turnpike earlier this month. Tesla said that logs from the car in the accident show that the vehicle took itself out of the autopilot mode, 25 seconds before the accident as the driver didn’t have his hands on the steering wheel. The car was owned and driven by 77-year old Albert Scaglione. This accident of Model X happened on July 1.
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CEO of Tesla, Elon Musk said that the car crash would not have happened if the car would have been on autopilot mode. Tesla spokesperson also gave the description of what happened in the 40 seconds before crash.
According to Tesla after 15 seconds, Visual Warning and audible tones were emitted. The autopilot started to disengage at that time because the driver’s hand were not on the steering wheel of car.
About 25 seconds before the crash the Auto steer started to come to a graceful abort, in this case the music was muted, the vehicle began to slow down and the driver was instructed visually along with audibly to put his hands on wheels.
According to Tesla almost 11 seconds from the impact, the driver put his hands back on the wheel, turned it to the left and pressing on the accelerator. According to CNN, Tesla stated that after 10 seconds and almost 300 meters later, the manual steering control was working and the driver drifted out of the lane. It collided with a barrier on road, crossed both lanes of the highway and stuck the median barrier which rolled the vehicle.
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The accident resulted in the injury and hospitalization of driver. After that NHTSA started its investigation to determine if the autopilot was in motion or not.