The National Transportation Safety Board investigates an accident and a fire involving a Telsa Model S vehicle. Two teenagers died Tuesday in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The probe is not expected to incorporate Tesla's semi-autonomous autopilot system. (May 11th)
SOUTH JORDAN, Utah (AP) – A Tesla sedan with a semi-autonomous autopilot function has a rear end fire engine with 97 km / h without brakes before the impact, but the police said it was unknown whether the autopilot function was activated
The cause of the Friday crash involving a Tesla Model S and a fire-fighter mechanic stopped at a red light, was investigated said police in South Jordan, a suburb of Salt Lake City.
The crash in which the Tesla driver was injured comes as federal security agencies investigate the performance of Tesla's semi-autonomous driving system.
The Tesla's ai r bags were activated during the crash, South Jordan police Sgt. Samuel Winkler said Saturday. The driver of the Tesla suffered a broken right ankle, and the driver of the mechanic truck of the Unified Fire Authority needed no treatment, said Winkler.
There was no indication that the driver of the Tesla was under the influence of any substance and information that the driver might have told the investigators about the circumstances of the accident, which probably could not have happened before Monday, Winkler said on the phone.
There was light rain and the roads were wet when the accident occurred, the police said. 19659010] "Witnesses stated that the Tesla Model S did not brake before impact," the statement said.
Tesla's autopilot system uses cameras, radar, and computers to keep speed, change lanes, and automatically stop vehicles. Headquartered in Palo Alto, California, and having a huge battery factory in the Reno, Nevada area, the company tells drivers that the system needs to keep an eye on the roads and hands on the steering wheel so they can take control of accidents to avoid.
The police said they had been in contact with the National Road Safety Department about the crash. NTSB spokesman Keith Holloway said he did not know if the agency would join the crash.
Tesla did not immediately respond to requests from The Associated Press.
The NTSB and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration investigate at least two more Tesla vehicle accidents. In March, a Tesla Model X SUV crashed on a highway in California and killed the driver, and investigators are investigating the performance of the semi-autonomous driving system in this crash.
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