Tesla has concluded that a Model X driver was not operating the vehicle’s Autopilot system correctly when it crashed on a mountain road in Montana over the weekend.
Immediately after the crash, the driver claimed that the Autopilot system malfunctioned, sending the electric SUV through a wooden guard rail and off the road. Tesla however, says that the driver is in fact at fault.
The company confirms that the car was being driven on a road without a center divider, a road type which Tesla doesn’t recommend the Autosteer system be used on. Additionally, Tesla’s analysis of the crash reveals that the vehicle soon alerted the driver to put his hands on the wheel as the road conditions became difficult. Following the driver’s failure to do so, the car veered off the road and through the guard rail.
The statement released by Tesla also reveals that the driver’s hands were not on the steering wheel at any stage as is suggested when operating Autopilot.
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