A suspected drunken driver who believed his Tesla on autopilot crashed at about 65 mph on Saturday in San Jose, California, in 1965. The California Highway Patrol said the car stopped a fire engine that had stopped the very right lane of busy Highway 101 with its flashing lights at 1 am
"I think I had autopilot turned on," said the driver, according to a statement from the CHP.
Forces could not immediately confirm that the autopilot feature was actually activated. Tesla did not respond immediately to comments on Sunday.
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has emphasized in the past that its autopilot is not designed to prevent all collisions, and that drivers "keep their hands on the bike and alert and present stay "with autopilot.
Beware of Fire Vehicles: For the second time in a few months, a parked #SJFD fire engine was working from behind in an accident. Fortunately, firefighters escaped the injury. pic.twitter.com/DZUPutwQwl 19659008] – SanJoseFireFighters (@SJFirefighters) August 26, 2018
The driver and co-driver suffered minor injuries, the driver was briefly hospitalized and arrested on suspicion of drunk driving, the CHP said
The Use of Tesla's autopilot has been investigated in recent years in a series of high-profile casualties.In May, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration inaugurated an investigation into a Tesla Model S sedan, which allegedly used autopilot when it rear-firing a fire engine in South Jordan, Utah At the beginning of the year, a Tesla Model X crashed on autopilot and killed the driver on Highway 1 01 in Mountain View, California.