Tesla Driver Backtracks On Autopilot Failure For The Crash

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A Tesla driver who blamed the Autopilot system for a rollover accident in Minnesota, U.S. has backtracked and said that it was his fault for the crash.

As per email released by Tesla, the driver has denied that the Autopilot feature caused the accident.

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The local authorities said in a statement that the driver of the 2016 Tesla Model S had said that when he engaged the Autopilot system, it caused the car to suddenly accelerate and then roll over, which resulted in minor injuries to himself and four passengers.

The driver, David Clark, 58, said in the email released by Tesla Inc on Monday he believed he had disengaged the Autopilot system at the time of the collision.

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He said, "I did not intend to put the blame Tesla or the auto pilot system as I am aware that I need to be in control of the vehicle regardless if the auto pilot system is engaged or not,"

Tesla said in a statement it had "no reason to believe that Autopilot ... worked other than as designed."

"Every time a driver engages Autopilot, they are reminded of their responsibility to remain engaged and to be prepared to take immediate action at all times, and drivers must acknowledge their responsibility to do so before Autopilot is enabled," the automaker added.

Elon Musk in a tweet said, "Not True" and quoted the email from the customer.

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Autonomous or Autopilot system is very much in its nascent stage, and currently, it requires human intervention despite the fact that the Autopilot system is engaged.

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Story first published: Tuesday, July 18, 2017, 12:45 [IST]

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