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

According to firefighters from Culver City, California, the wreck in question took place Monday morning when a Tesla Model S on Autopilot hit a parked firetruck at 65 miles per hour.

Tesla's Autopilot provides limited semi-autonomous driving aid, including the ability to steer itself within a lane and brake for obstacles in front of it.

Now, Bloomberg is reporting that the federal government is "gathering information" on the accident, but has not yet made a decision to formally open an investigation. At the time, the NTSB criticised Tesla amongst other auto makers for measuring driver awareness by tracking steering wheel movement. "Amazingly there were no injuries!" according to the tweet.

The driver of the vehicle, who was reportedly unharmed by the accident, allegedly claimed that the electric auto was on Autopilot when the collision happened. The investigation following the crash concluded, in part, that Tesla didn't have sufficient safeguards to ensure driver attention while using autopilot.




Fire and police officials could not immediately confirm the driver's claim, according to The Mercury News.

"System safeguards were lacking", NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt said.

More carmakers are introducing similar "autopilot" systems to their cars.

The driver says, he was not driving. The board only investigates a small number of crashes each year, but it seems the autopilot element of the Model S sedan has grabbed the interest of the safety organization. Over-reliance on autopilot might have contributed to a 2016 fatality involving a distracted driver. 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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