Tesla Driver in Utah Crash Says Autopilot Was Engaged

Tesla Driver in Utah Crash Says Autopilot Was Engaged

Cantonal police in Ticino are not commenting on the fatal accident which is one of three incidents involving Tesla cars in recent days.

Police are investigating whether a Tesla sedan's semi-autonomous Autopilot feature was engaged when it rear-ended a fire department truck in Utah. The Tesla's driver suffered a broken right ankle, and the driver of the Unified Fire Authority mechanic truck did not require treatment, Winkler said.

The 28-year-old driver has admitted to police that she was looking at her phone when she crashed, the Daily Mail reports. "An impact at that speed usually results in severe injury or death", the CEO tweeted. The driver of the fire truck was evaluated for whiplash but was not checked into the hospital.

As technology continues to advance at a rapid pace and the thought of self-driving cars slowly starts to become a reality, consumers are leery of giving up total control of the wheel. The company said that total Model 3 production was 9,766 for the quarter and that it delivered 8,180 cars.

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Earlier, Ron Medford was Deputy Administrator at National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Although the Model S can be driven autonomously, it remains unclear whether the car's autopilot feature was turned on at the time of the crash.

In March, an Arizona pedestrian was killed by a self-driving Uber auto, in the first death of its kind.

"This remains an active investigation and the South Jordan Police Department is now working with technicians from Tesla to gather and review data stored within the vehicle, which may take several days", police sergeant Samuel Winkler said in a statement published online this week.

According to Tesla, it was the fault of the driver that caused the accident; the car's autopilot system was engaged only six seconds before the accident. The agency has said it does not expect the semi-autonomous system to be a focus of that investigation.

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This can lead to the breakdown of the thermal balance of the system and the complete destruction of the batteries and the auto. He was Tesla's main technical contact with U.S. Safety Investigators.

Tesla had recently disclosed information about a crash to the public, the crash involved one of Tesla's Model X Sport semiautonomous vehicle; a person was killed when the vehicle collided with a road barrier.

"It certainly needs to be better and we work to improve it every day, but ideal is the enemy of good", Musk tweeted.

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