Tesla Model S on Autopilot smashed into a firetruck

Drunk Driver in Tesla Tells Police Officer the Car Was on Autopilot

The Tesla Model S, while reportedly on "Autopilot" mode, smashed into the rear of a fire truck parked at a freeway accident scene.

Tesla has since made a statement advising that autopilot is "intended for use only with a fully attentive driver". "Please stay alert while driving!" the union said in the tweet.

Tesla did not confirm that the driver had actually engaged the autopilot system, though it has in the past used driver data in accident investigations.

Tesla, for example, warns that its autopilot system is not fully autonomous. Additionally, the Autopilot system is not created to be used on roads with crossing traffic. "These systems require the driver to pay attention all the time and to be able to take over immediately when something goes wrong".

The driver says, he was not driving. Lights on the vehicles were also flashing. Over-reliance on autopilot might have contributed to a 2016 fatality involving a distracted driver.

No one was hurt, but the accident is being investigated by a team from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Tesla Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) owner's manual suggests that a part of Autopilot system called Traffic-Aware Cruise Control can not identify all objects and might not brake for stationary vehicles; particularly in situations when driver is running above 50 miles per hour and a vehicle followed by him moves out of the driving path and there appears a stationary vehicle or object in front of the vehicle.

The driver had a blood alcohol content almost double the legal limit and a tenuous relationship with consciousness when his vehicle slammed into the back of a parked firetruck on San Francisco's Bay Bridge. In that case, the Autopilot system, which has since been updated, apparently did not recognize the white truck trailer against the bright sky.

According to the police, the idiot tried to claim that he was OK to risk his own life, and that of other drivers, by driving drunk because his Tesla was on Autopilot.

A company's spokesperson reported that the autopilot system is created to work with a fully attentive driver.

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