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SAN FRANCISCO – Data from the computer brain of a Tesla Model S crashed in Utah last week confirms that the $ 100,000 sedan was in autopilot mode Police in South Jordan
Information gathered by Tesla engineers and shared with the South Jordanian police confirms many details that the driver, a 28-year-old woman from Lehi, Utah, shared with investigators, after her car slammed into a standing blaster at 60 mph. She also said she had been distracted by her phone.
Earlier Wednesday, the National Road Safety Administration said it sent investigators to Utah and "would take appropriate action due to their review."
A Tesla spokesman made a statement saying that the company makes it clear Autopilot should not be used as a self-propelled technology and that drivers have to remain constantly occupied with the vehicle.
The Utah driver repeatedly held her hands off the wheel of her Model S, including for a period of 80 seconds until the moment of the fierce impact, the report said.
The May 11 accident appears to be a textbook case of distracted driving, fueled by technology that is simple, despite the provision of visual and audible warnings to drivers
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According to Tesla data shared by the South Jordanian police in a statement, the driver has Tesla's Autosteer and Traffic Aware Cruise Control on and off several times while driving through the suburbs turned off south of Salt Lake City.
During this "drive cycle", the Model S registered "more than a dozen cases in which her hands were off the wheel". On two occasions, the driver had each time taken his hands off the steering wheel for more than a minute and briefly reconnected to the steering wheel shortly after a visual warning from the vehicle.
"About a minute and 22 seconds before the crash, she re-enabled Autosteer and Cruise Control and then took her hands off the steering wheel within seconds," the police report said. "She did not touch the steering wheel for the next 80 seconds until the accident happened."
The car was programmed by the driver to travel at 60 mph. The driver finally touched the brake pedal "one second before the accident".
The police said that not only did the driver not comply with the autopilot guidelines, but he also used the system on a no-agent road with stop lights.
Some automakers, such as Cadillac, have a driver assistance system that works only when maps indicate that the vehicle is driving on a route, typically a highway that is compatible with a car that does some driving.
The Utah driver received a traffic quote for "failure to keep the right lookout" under the code of the city of South Jordan.
Both NHTSA and the National Transportation Safety Board supported the local police in the investigation.
The two federal authorities both investigate a Tesla Model S accident in Florida, which killed two teenagers. The agencies are investigating the fire caused by the ignition of the batteries of the electric car.
The two authorities continue to investigate a March crash of a Tesla Model X in Mountain View, California. The vehicle was in autopilot mode when it crashed into a concrete wall separating a busy Silicon Valley freeway
Tesla said that the driver did not pay attention to repeated warnings from the car to resume control of the vehicle. The driver's family has legal counsel and is considering bringing an action based on previous complaints by the driver about the inability of the autopilot system to drive on this specific stretch of highway.
Tesla is in the midst of a tremendous boost to ramp up the production of its Critical Sedan Model 3, an entry-level vehicle that hopes to fuel electric car sales among a new population and fill the corporate funds after years of bleeding
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