Published: Mon, May 14, 2018
Finance | By Loren Pratt

Tesla 'does not know' if Autopilot used in crash

Tesla 'does not know' if Autopilot used in crash

A Tesla Model S sedan with a semi-autonomous Autopilot system was smashed as it plowed into a truck stopped at a Utah traffic light Friday night.

"Tesla has not yet received any data from the vehicle and thus does not know the facts of what occurred, including whether Autopilot was engaged", a Tesla spokesperson said in a statement on Sunday. Police Sgt. Samuel Winkler said the car's air bags were activated and that the Tesla's 28-year-old driver suffered a broken right ankle.

An investigation has been opened after a Tesla Model S, which can be driven autonomously, crashed into the back of a fire truck in Utah.

South Jordan police said there was no indication the Tesla's driver on Saturday was under the influence of any substance. There was light rain falling and the roads were reported to have been wet at the time of the collision.

Tesla's Autopilot system uses cameras, radar and computers to maintain speed, change lanes and stop. However, Tesla has warned that drivers must still keep their eyes on the road and hands on the wheel in order to prevent accidents from taking place.

While police are still investigating whether or not the auto was using the autopilot feature at the time, they say it does not appear any breaks were applied before the accident.

Tesla did not immediately respond to inquiries from The Associated Press. NTSB spokesman Keith Holloway said he did not know whether the agency would get involved.

On Wednesday, the NTSB said it will investigate a Tesla accident in Fort Lauderdale, Florida that killed two teenagers and injured another - the agency's fourth active probe into crashes of the company's electric vehicles.

The Tesla Model S was moving at 60 miles per hour when it hit the truck, according to police.

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