Tesla allegedly on autopilot smashes into bright red firetruck in California

Tesla allegedly on autopilot smashes into bright red firetruck in California

Tesla allegedly on autopilot smashes into bright red firetruck in California

The US National Transportation Safety Board will investigate an accident involving a Tesla Inc Model S sedan that crashed into a firetruck on a Southern California freeway Monday, the agency said.

Firefighters said the Tesla driver claimed the vehicle was on Autopilot - a feature that gives "full self-driving capability at a safety level substantially greater than that of a human driver", as the company explains on its website. "Amazingly there were no injuries".

In San Francisco, the California Highway Patrol arrested a driver who they said was passed out behind the wheel of a Tesla on the Bay Bridge. It warns drivers not to delegate responsibility for watching the road to the onboard computer. "System safeguards, that should have prevented the Tesla's driver from using the car's automation system on certain roadways, were lacking and the combined effects of human error and the lack of sufficient system safeguards resulted in a fatal collision that should not have happened", said Sumwalt.

The company has designed the Autopilot system in a way that if a driver repeatedly pay no attention to such warnings, the system would stop functioning and would not restart again during the trip. In other words, the system is only created to reduce the driver's workload by taking over repetitive and mundane tasks like staying in the lane and avoiding other moving cars.

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Both emergency vehicles had their lights flashing, Powell added.

And Musk and other autonomous vehicle proponents have disseminated videos and other media that show autopilot at its best, protecting drivers, passengers and even pedestrians from crashes.

Tesla has stated that its drivers acknowledge the system is new technology and are told to keep their hands on the wheel.

Furthermore, National Transportation Safety Board in the U.S. is gathering information about the accident involving a Tesla Inc. In 2016, for instance, a Tesla driver operating in autopilot mode was killed when his Model S drove underneath a tractor-trailer. In September the company said, "Autopilot significantly increases safety", citing an earlier government study that suggested the system reduced the incidence of crashes. Driver explained Tesla had been set on autopilot. In other words, you have to be sober, so Tesla's autopilot won't get you out of a DUI.

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