Tesla Crashes Into Fire Truck While Reportedly on Autopilot

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One Tesla driver in California found this out the hard way as he was arrested and charged with suspicion of driving under the influence. Either way, the Tesla Model S - Tesla's much acclaimed all-electric, high-speed, luxurious sedan - was adequately smashed and mangled during the collision. A subsequent investigation by the US National Transportation Safety Board found the driver was speeding and had been warned by the auto six times to keep his hands on the wheel.

The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said on Tuesday it was sending two investigators to examine the crash of a Tesla Inc vehicle apparently traveling in semi-autonomous mode and a fire truck in California.

Despite the warnings, Tesla has been accused in the past of making Autopilot seem like a safer feature than it actually is.

Fire and police officials could not immediately confirm the driver's claim, according to The Mercury News. "Amazingly there were no injuries". Tesla is clear that drivers using autopilot should remain alert and retain responsibility for their vehicle.

One of NTSB's key findings in the 2016 accident was that the Tesla automation system wasn't created to detect a truck crossing in front of it.

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"We aimed for a very simple, clean design, because in the future - really, the future being now - the cars will be increasingly autonomous", Musk said in July, according to The Washington Post's Peter Holley.

"Autopilot is intended for use only with a fully attentive driver". But no vehicle company's technology as of the 2016 model year was "designed to brake for crossing path collisions".

While working a freeway accident this morning, Engine 42 was struck by a #Tesla traveling at 65 miles per hour.

Tesla has since beefed up the alerts the auto will give a driver if it feels they aren't paying full attention to the road.

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