Tesla Autopilot being blamed for a Minnesota accident

Tesla Autopilot Blamed in Rollover Crash That Injured Five

Tesla Autopilot Blamed in Rollover Crash That Injured Five

A Twin Cities man whose Tesla overturned in a central Minnesota marsh is blaming the crash on the luxury electric car's "autopilot" feature, according to authorities.

According to the Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office, the driver of the vehicle, 58-year old David Clark, was approaching an intersection when he turned the Autopilot system on, causing the auto accelerate suddenly and veer off the road.

The "cruise control" option in Teslas use cameras, radars, and an on-board computers to detect lanes, other vehicles, and objects in the road, steering as needed. The company also noted it is still the driver's responsibility to ensure the safe operation of the vehicle when Autopilot is engaged. The crash brought intense scrutiny on the technology and whether the car's manufacturer, based in Palo Alto, Calif., overstated the capability of the autopilot feature.

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

After the incident, the National Transportation Safety Board issued a full report on the crash and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) decided not to issue a recall of that model of Tesla cars, finding no safety defect.

Additionally, every time that Autopilot is engaged, the auto reminds the driver to "Always keep your hands on the wheel".

Tesla is very careful about its Autopilot feature warning drivers against misuse and use of the system. His SUV was parked in his garage when it unexpectedly crashed into his living room, injuring him and destroying walls.

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