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Autonomous Tesla Crashes Into Parked Fire Truck on California Freeway

Autonomous Tesla Crashes Into Parked Fire Truck on California Freeway”

But this Autopilot mode seems to be not much help for a driver in California, as a Tesla Model S driver smashed into the back of a parked fire truck on Monday, according to California fire officials.

Pictures of the Tesla Model S, which crashed into a fire truck on the 405 freeway in California, were shared by the Culver City Firefighters. Driver explained Tesla had been set on autopilot. "Please stay alert while driving!" the union said in the tweet.

Tesla, for example, warns that its autopilot system is not fully autonomous.

Moreover, the Autopilot system is not developed to be used with crossing traffic on roads.

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Autopilot requires a driver to periodically touch the steering wheel to prove they are paying attention. 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. Other automakers, including Nissan, Mercedes-Benz, General Motors and BMW, have designed identical systems that helps reduce and increase speed of the vehicle automatically to stay with the flow of traffic and also assists the driver to keep the auto in its lane on the highway.

U.S. National Transportation Safety Board is looking into the crash, according to Bloomberg, but the board is unsure if it will open a formal inquiry.

A company's spokesperson reported that the autopilot system is created to work with a fully attentive driver. In September the company said, "Autopilot significantly increases safety", citing an earlier government study that suggested the system reduced the incidence of crashes. The cops found the guy with twice the legal limit of alcohol in his body. The driver of the Model S reportedly told authorities that the auto was in Autopilot mode at the time of the incident. A Tesla Model S, it should be noted, that was driving itself using Tesla's supposedly "legit" Autopilot software. It appears Tesla may still have some work to do in educating its customers about the limitations of autopilot, or implementing further controls to prevent drivers from misusing it.



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