Tesla Model S Crashes Into Fire Truck With Autopilot Reportedly Engaged

The Culver City, California, fire brigade shared a couple of photos on social media with a crashed Tesla Model S.

According to their Twitter page, the electric saloon crashed into the truck while doing 65mph (105km/h), on Monday morning, with the Autopilot engaged, as confirmed by the Tesla driver.

Luckily, nobody was injured, but the blacked-out Model S will need some TLC before turning heads again, as its entire front end was damaged in the crash. The hood was almost peeled off from the body, and it appears that the front suspension may have been affected as well.

On the other hand, the fire truck has minor damages that include a broken taillight, some light scratches, and dents.

“While working a freeway accident this morning, Engine 42 was struck by a Tesla traveling at 65 mph. The driver reports the vehicle was on Autopilot. Amazingly, there were no injuries! Please stay alert while driving!”, the Culver City Fire Department wrote on social media, along with the “distracted driving” hashtag.

This isn’t the first Tesla crash with the Autopilot turned on, and probably not the last either, as several Model S and X cars were destroyed while their drivers were relaxing behind the wheel, and at least one owner was fatally injured.

Elon Musk’s company continues to advise Tesla drivers to remain vigilant when Autopilot is engaged, as the self-driving technology “is intended for use only with a fully attentive driver”.

H/T to Electrek

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  • ediotsavant

    Even with autopilot, drivers still not paying attention.

  • TheHake

    Damn idiots.

  • Tesla Fire Safety

    Luckily, the Fire Department’s response was instantaneous.

  • UGH! Another Tesla Story

  • Erzhik

    Why the hell would you use autopilot and go 65mph when you see emergency lights in front of you? Too bad for the driver now, the tickets are gonna pile up.

    • Jason Miller

      That’s the problem, they didn’t see them because they weren’t paying attention.

  • TheBelltower

    So many questions.

    It doesn’t appear that this was the newest autopilot. No camera in the B-pillar. Cars with AP1 use a single camera system. There is no redundancy, and this type of system is easily tricked by sunshine or unconventional vehicle shapes. The newest autopilot uses eight cameras, forward facing radar, twelve ultrasonic sensors and a much better processor. Though it’s probably not wise to use AP1 or AP2 around a fire engine.

    • Jay

      So don’t use AutoPilot just in case it doesn’t work in certain instances, got it!

      • TheBelltower

        Word it however you want, but yes. You are the driver, and if you are on the interstate and see a stopped vehicle on the road, then you have to take over control. If autopilot was enabled at all, this may be an example of the weakness of the old system. Regardless, the driver is still the driver. My Model X has the much more advanced version of autopilot, but I’m still engaging and disengaging it constantly because the system is clearly not perfect and can’t anticipate unexpected road hazards as quickly as I can.

        • Jay

          As you should, I myself personally would never fully trust the autonomous system no matter the generation. Nor would I want a vehicle with no manual controls present for emergency situations. Drive safe my friend.

          • TheBelltower

            Totally agree.

  • salamOOn

    another dumb “tesla autopilot is on so i dont need to care about anything” driver darwin award nominee….

  • LWOAP

    And this highlights yet another problem. Even with systems like this, people still aren’t paying attention to the road ahead. God help them when they actually have to take control of the vehicle.

  • antbee

    What a maroon!

  • EyalN

    Tesla sell their stupid cars as autonomous cars.
    they officially say that they have autonomous option and you can let the car drive for you.
    few people got killed by now and we will see more of them.

  • smartacus

    i read about it somewhere else.
    commenters were victim-blaming
    saying the driver was very unintelligent etc.
    Toastla is not a cheap car that any unintelligent boob can just buy.

    They are purchased by some really smart, well-paid professionals.
    OTOH…this is a toastla owner so yes those sheeple really ARE
    the most unintelligent, un-streetsmart, gullible and manipulated of the human race.

    • Rzrlf

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            Thank you for the refreshing reminder, mmm 🙂

          • Rzrlf

            insecure white male cant handle a little trolling, gets triggered, goes on a rant

          • smartacus

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          • Rzrlf

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  • Dennis James

    The biggest problem with Tesla’s system is being called “AUTO-PILOT”. After a billion dollar fine, Tesla should be forced to call it “smart cruise control” or something much less arrogant than to imply that piloting the car is automatic. It would save lives.

    • Jay

      A planes Auto-Pilot is pretty much the same I think its safe for them to leave its name what it is.

      • Dennis James

        I also think it’s safe for Tesla to leave the name as is, if their “auto-pilot” is used only by customers who undergo the same 1500 hours training to become a pilot.

        • Jay

          It’s just a name. They can change it but it won’t change how people want it to function.

          • Dennis James

            I think you just spelled the definition of deceptive marketing aka “scam”.

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