The National Road Safety Office investigates an accident and a fire with a Telsa Model S car. Two teenagers died Tuesday in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The probe is not expected to incorporate Tesla's semi-autonomous autopilot system. (May 11th)
SAN FRANCISCO – A Tesla Model S crashed into a stationary fire engine at high speed in autopilot mode. The driver of the car said police officers in Utah.
Tesla says it will continue working with South Jordan police on the investigation, and has not yet released details of the incident based on the car's computer protocols.
The driver of the vehicle, a 28-year-old woman from Lehi, Utah, stormed into the truck on Friday in South Jordan. The woman also told the police that she was looking at her cell phone before the collision and estimated her speed to be 60 mph, which corresponds to eyewitness accounts, according to a police statement released late Monday.
The result of the fatal accident was a synchronized front end for the electric car, but only a broken foot for the driver, according to Sgt. Sam Winkler of the South Jordan Police Department
The driver of the mechanic truck was the United Fire Authority examined for whiplash and not hospitalized.
A Tesla spokesman said the company's prior response to the crash was still The autopilot – a semi-autonomous system that works like a tweaked cruise control – requires constant vigilance and is not supposed to take on the driving responsibilities as the drivers move on to others Concentrate tasks.
Winkler said that the South Jordanian police will continue to investigate the crash and work with Tesla in the coming days to gather vehicle information from Model S computers. Police officers also said that they received technical support from officials of the National Road Safety Committee.
Eyewitness accounts show that the Model S did not slow down when it rammed into the back of the truck, which was stopped at a traffic light on the far right.
Autopilot was in the crosshairs of investigators of the federal accident, back to a 2016 Tesla Model S accident in autopilot mode, which killed his driver after the car could not stop for a tractor trailer that cut across his path.
Recently, the NTSB was called to check details of a march An accident in which a Tesla Model X crashed into a highway ramp in Mountain View, California. The driver died.
Tesla said the driver ignored the car's warnings to regain control of the vehicle. But the driver's family is considering bringing a lawsuit because Tesla ignored the driver's previously expressed concerns about autopilots operating on the same stretch of Silicon Valley highway.
NTSB and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are also investigating a recent Florida Tesla Model S accident in which two teenagers died and one was injured.
The car hit a concrete barrier at high speed in a residential area and burst into the flames. It is assumed that the autopilot is not a factor, but the investigators look at the upcoming battery fire.
Just before the Utah police announced that the driver was displaying autopilot, Tesla CEO Elon Musk has posted a series of tweets highlighting the safety of his product.
"What's really amazing about this accident is that a Model S tweets a fire engine at 60mph and the driver just broke an ankle," Tweeted Musk (although initially reported as an ankle injury, South Jordan officials said the injury was a broken foot). "An impact at this speed usually results in serious injury or death."
Musk also lamented media coverage of the 40,000 annual deaths in the US, acknowledging that while technology is not perfect, "a system that is in balance saves lives and reduces injuries."  Follow USA TODAY Tech Reporter Marco della Cava on Twitter.
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