Tesla Stock Drops As Autopilot Feature Blamed For Crash

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Luglio 17, 2017

If you're not familiar with Tesla Autopilot, it's Tesla's autonomous driving feature that is created to assist the driver of the vehicle.

The Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office says David Clark was driving his Tesla Model S sedan with four passengers Saturday evening in Hawick, Minnesota. Tesla said it hasn't yet established whether the vehicle's Autopilot feature was engaged, but it has no reason to believe it worked other than as designed.

The company has not yet responded to the request for information on if drivers and purchasers of Tesla vehicles receive some sort of training to use the feature. The system requires drivers to continually touch the wheel.

In a statement, Tesla said it is investigating the facts of the incident and has offered its full cooperation to authorities in the case.

In Gainsville, Florida in May 2016, a driver was killed when his Tesla, going 70 miles per hour, crashed into a semitrailer truck.

Tesla Autopilot has been praised by many for helping to avoid accidents but it's also been accused of causing them.

Tesla's Autopilot function is considered an SAE Level 2 autonomous system, meaning the auto will accelerate and steer on its own, but the driver is expected to remain alert and intervene if necessary.

Tesla is very careful about its Autopilot feature warning drivers against misuse and use of the system. It also can steer the vehicle to keep it centered in its lane.

For the time being, a Tesla owner in California filed a federal lawsuit against Tesla for the same "sudden acceleration" problem.

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