Published: Mon, May 14, 2018
Money | By Ralph Mccoy

Tesla, possibly on autopilot, slams into truck in dramatic Utah wreck

Tesla, possibly on autopilot, slams into truck in dramatic Utah wreck

Police mentioned it is not instantly identified whether or not the Tesla's autopilot driving system was in use when it rear-ended a truck apparently with out braking earlier than influence at roughly 60 miles per hour.

A woman is in the hospital after her Tesla Model S collided with the back of a Unified Fire Authority mechanic truck Friday night on Bangerter Highway. The female driver suffered a broken ankle and there was extensive damage to the vehicle, according to police.

"Tesla has not yet received any data from the auto and thus does not know the facts of what occurred, including whether Autopilot was engaged". The driver of the truck didn't require treatment.

The Tesla's air bags were activated in the crash, South Jordan police Sgt. Samuel Winkler said Saturday. The roads were wet in a light rain, according to a police statement.

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Several witnesses said they didn't see the driver hit the brakes before the collision.

The Palo Alto, Calif. -based company insists that the Autopilot is not a fully autonomous mode, and drivers should keep their hands on the wheel and the eyes on the road at all times. Matthew was the electric carmaker's main technical contact with U.S. safety investigators.

There was no immediate response for these inquiries from the Tesla. Authorities are still investigating and have contacted the National Transportation Safety Board, The Associated Press reported.

On Wednesday, the NTSB said it would investigate a Tesla accident in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, that killed two teenagers and injured another - the agency's fourth active probe into crashes of the company's electric vehicles. This is in wake of an incident that happened in March in which a Tesla Model X electric SUV with AutoPilot engaged, crashed on a highway in California, killing the driver.

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