Tesla Stock Drops As Autopilot Feature Blamed For Crash

Judith Bessette
Julho 17, 2017

A Minnesota man is blaming Tesla's partially self-driving Autopilot system for a crash over the weekend.

According to the Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office, the driver of the vehicle, 58-year old David Clark, was approaching an intersection when he turned the Autopilot system on, causing the auto accelerate suddenly and veer off the road. When drivers activate Autopilot, the acknowledgment box explains, among other things, that Autopilot "is an assist feature that requires you to keep your hands on the steering wheel at all times", and that "you need to maintain control and responsibility for your vehicle" while using it. The system also makes frequent checks to ensure that the driver's hands remain on the wheel and provides visual and audible alerts if hands-on is not detected.

In May 2016, a motorist near Gainesville, Fla., was killed when his Tesla collided with a semitrailer truck while in the self-driving mode. "We are working to establish the facts of the incident and have offered our full cooperation to the local authorities". If drivers continuously ignore safety warnings now, the auto will disable autopilot until the next time the vehicle is started.

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Autopilot automatically drives, brakes and keeps the vehicle within a lane.

Mr Clark nor the police have confirmed whether he got any warnings from his Tesla prior to the accident. His SUV was parked in his garage when it unexpectedly crashed into his living room, injuring him and destroying walls.

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