The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board is considering investigating and accident where a Tesla Model S sedan rear-ended a firetruck on that was parked on the 405 freeway in Culver City, near Los Angeles. The vehicle was in Autopilot mode. The Culver City Fire department announced the even on Twitter, Monday with the hastage #distraceddriving. The Tesla S was travelling at 65 mph.
While working a freesway accident this morning, Engine 42 was struck by a #Tesla traveling at 65 mph. The driver reports the vehicle was on autopilot. Amazingly there were no injuries! Please stay alert while driving! #abc7eyewitness #ktla #CulverCity #distracteddriving pic.twitter.com/RgEmd43tNe
— Culver City Firefighters (@CC_Firefighters) January 22, 2018
Tesla’s statement in response “Autopilot is intended for use only with a fully attentive driver.”
It appears that drivers in accidents who are not paying attention, like to blame Autopilot. Drivers with Tesla models should know that Autopilot a driver assist system under its current version and will sometimes hit trucks…