Safety agency to investigate Tesla crash in Utah


She repeatedly cancelled and then re-engaged these features, and regularly adjusted the vehicle's cruising speed. He argued that the media reports disproportionately stress the dangers by Tesla owners, though later conceding that the system still could be improved.

The driver was traveling at 60 miles (97 km) per hour when the Model S smashed into a fire truck stopped at a red light about 20 miles south of Salt Lake City on Friday night, according to police.

According to the release, 82 seconds prior to the crash, she again activated Autopilot and adaptive cruise control, and removed her hands from the wheel within two seconds of activation. On two occasions, the driver had her hands off the wheel for more than a minute each time, reengaging briefly with the steering wheel only after a visual alert from the auto. "She did not touch the steering wheel for the next 80 seconds until the crash happened; this is consistent with her admission that she was looking at her phone at the time". This is the speed the driver selected. Against eyewitness reports, the car's computer did reportedly register brake pedal application, as well as her hands' return to the wheel, but the reaction was too little, too late.

"When using Autopilot, drivers are continuously reminded of their responsibility to keep their hands on the wheel and maintain control of the vehicle at all times", the spokeswoman said.

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Police told FOX 13 that the woman reported she was using the car's autopilot feature at the time of the crash, which happened on Bangerter Highway and 10400 S around 6:30 p.m. that day.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is dispatching a team to investigate a recent crash in South Jordan in which the driver of a Tesla vehicle reported she had placed the auto on autopilot mode at the time of the crash, Reuters reports.

A broken ankle and a traffic citation for failure to keep proper lookout serve as the driver's comeuppance for neglecting to keep attention on the road.

It's now your nearly weekly reminder that you need to stay attentive on Autopilot and that rules of the road still apply.

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NHTSA's special crash team is not the same as the agency's Office of Defect Investigation. Witnesses told police the driver of the Tesla did not brake or make any attempt to avoid the collision.

The National Transportation Safety Board, a separate government agency that looks into accidents and makes safety recommendations, has said it is not investigating the Utah crash.

The "superior" rating which Model 3 has achieved for IIHS' front crash prevention tests is the same as the rating already achieved by Tesla's Model S and Model X electric vehicles. For now, nothing beats being vigilant and in control.

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