According to emerging reports, the U.S. electric vehicles manufacturer, Tesla Motors Inc has confirmed that a Model X EV crashed over the weekend (9th – 10th July 2016) while it was in autopilot mode. An article published on Money CNN just a few hours ago gave further details on the incident, reading “The driver in Montana was headed from Seattle to Yellowstone National Park when he crashed on a two-lane highway near Cardwell, at 12:30 a.m. Saturday, said Montana State Trooper Jade Shope. Neither the driver nor his passenger were injured in the accident, but it was serious enough that the car lost its front passenger side wheel.”
This latest incident is less serious than the crash which occurred on the 07/05/2016 in Williston, Florida, which resulted in a fatality.
Tesla Motors Inc (TSLA) Confirms Car Was in Autopilot Mode
Tesla Motors Inc has said that the data taken from the car shows that the vehicle was in autopilot mode. Tesla also said that the driver probably didn’t have his hands on the steering wheel (when the crash occurred.) According to Tesla’s owner’s manual, drivers should keep their hands on the steering wheel at all times.
Regarding the latest incident, the company specifically said “No force was detected on the steering wheel for over two minutes after autosteer was engaged. As road conditions became increasingly uncertain, the vehicle again alerted the driver to put his hands on the wheel. He did not do so and shortly thereafter the vehicle collided with a post on the edge of the roadway. We specifically advise against its use at high speeds on undivided roads.”
Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors Inc, Doesn’t Want to Disable Autopilot Feature
In an interview, the CEO of Tesla, Elon Musk, said that the company will soon be releasing an explanatory blog post, explaining how to use the autopilot system, & the technology behind it. Elon said “A lot of people don’t understand what it is and how you turn it on.” He is not planning on disabling the feature anytime soon, & it seems that he thinks drivers are using it incorrectly.
As of 4:00 PM EST (on the 12/07/2016), Tesla Motors Inc’s stock is down by 0.06%, trading at $224.65 per share. The firm’s market capitalization currently stands at $32.90 billion. Tesla’s stock is currently near a 1-month high.