Tesla Driver, Passed Out Drunk, Tells Highway Patrol Autopilot Was in Charge

Tesla Driver, Passed Out Drunk, Tells Highway Patrol Autopilot Was in Charge

Tesla Driver, Passed Out Drunk, Tells Highway Patrol Autopilot Was in Charge

The driver of a Tesla Model S who crashed into a fire truck on a California freeway says he was using Autopilot at the time of the accident, and so far, Tesla isn't refuting this claim. The driver's father has sued Tesla, which reportedly said they had no way to confirm whether the auto was on autopilot at the time of the crash. Telsa has the capability of determining if and when a vehicle had Autopilot enabled. Those vehicles both had their lights flashing.

Joshua Brown, a 40-year-old OH man, was killed near Williston, Florida, when his Model S collided with a truck while it was engaged in the Autopilot mode.

This is the second Tesla involved in an incident in California, the auto company's home state, in the past week. Then again, he was drunk behind the wheel. Culver City Firefighters (IAFF Local 1927) reported that the driver claim to be using the feature and was traveling at 65 miles per hour at the time of the collision.

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As the news got featured by various mainstream media outlets due to the autonomous feature of the vehicle, Tesla responded with the following statement.

No one was injured in the crash, and the driver was arrested even though he claimed the autopilot was engaged and was driving for him, The Washington Post reported. However, it should be concerning in light of the ongoing rollout of Tesla's Model 3, which features optional autopilot features. On Tesla's website, there are no warnings about driver attentiveness on the Model S page or Autopilot page, which only notes that all Tesla cars "have the hardware needed for full self-driving capability at a safety level substantially greater than that of a human driver".

Company CEO Elon Musk has not yet commented on the crash.

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