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  • 06.07.16

Tesla says Model X crash was fault of driver—not autopilot

One Model X driver reportedly accelerated into a building while trying to park—and then attempted to pin the blame on Tesla’s autopilot feature. Below is the statement Tesla released to Electrek upon reviewing the vehicle’s logs, which revealed that the car had not been in autopilot mode:

We analyzed the vehicle logs which confirm that this Model X was operating correctly under manual control and was never in Autopilot or cruise control at the time of the incident or in the minutes before. Data shows that the vehicle was traveling at 6 mph when the accelerator pedal was abruptly increased to 100%. Consistent with the driver’s actions, the vehicle applied torque and accelerated as instructed. Safety is the top priority at Tesla and we engineer and build our cars with this foremost in mind. We are pleased that the driver is ok and ask our customers to exercise safe behavior when using our vehicles.

The owner, however, insists that the driver—his wife—is telling the truth about the crash, and that “she knows the difference between brake and accelerator pedal.” PM