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.
David Clark, 58, of Eden Prairie, said he was driving Saturday evening before sunset on a country road 18 miles northeast of Willmar, when the vehicle "suddenly accelerated" and overturned in the marsh, the Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office said in a statement Sunday. When drivers activate Autopilot, the acknowledgment box explains, among other things, that Autopilot "is an assist feature that requires you to keep your hands on the steering wheel at all times", and that "you need to maintain control and responsibility for your vehicle" while using it. CBS 4 reports that Clark was approaching an intersection when he chose to engage the Autopilot feature and that is when the vehicle accelerated sending it off the road. The system also makes frequent checks to ensure that the driver's hands remain on the wheel and provides visual and audible alerts if hands-on is not detected.
In Gainsville, Florida in May 2016, a driver was killed when his Tesla, going 70 miles per hour, crashed into a semitrailer truck. "We are working to establish the facts of the incident and have offered our full cooperation to the local authorities". It was the first known crash of a partly autonomous vehicle.
Tesla is very careful about its Autopilot feature warning drivers against misuse and use of the system.
The autopilot feature uses cameras, radar and computers to detect objects and automatically brake if the auto is about to hit something.
For the time being, a Tesla owner in California filed a federal lawsuit against Tesla for the same "sudden acceleration" problem.