A 28-year-old Lehi woman was issued a citation after her Tesla slammed into the back of truck.
The Tesla Model S slammed into the back of a truck at 60 miles per hour.
A Utah driver turned on the semi-autonomous functions of her Tesla vehicle and then didn't touch the steering wheel again for 80 seconds before slamming into a firetruck stopped at a red light last week, a summary of data from the auto released Wednesday showed. Witnesses told police the driver of the Tesla did not brake or make any attempt to avoid the collision. To wit, Musk just this week took to Twitter and said: "It's super messed up that a Tesla crash resulting in a broken ankle is front page news and the ~40,000 people who died in U.S. auto accidents alone in past year get nearly no coverage".
US safety investigators on Wednesday opened the third active investigation of a Tesla Inc. vehicle that crashed while the driver-assistance system Autopilot was said to be in use.
The driver had been using the "Autosteer" and "Traffic Aware Cruise Control" functions of Autopilot, Tesla reported to police. The woman told police the car's autopilot technology was on at the time of the crash. On two such occasions, the driver had her hands off the wheel for more than one minute each time and her hands came back on only after a visual alert, the Tesla report said. The report said she took her hands off the steering wheel "within two seconds" of engaging the system and then did not touch the steering wheel for the next 80 seconds, until the crash happened.
"This is consistent with her admission that she was looking at her phone at the time", police said.
The Tesla report also noted that instructions provided to drivers about their vehicle's automation features expressly instruct that they maintain attention, and hands on the wheel, at all times.
Recently, the Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) put the Model 3 through some tests and gave the vehicle a "Superior" rating with respect to front crash avoidance.
The driver manually pressed the vehicle brake pedal fractions of a second prior to the crash.
The NHTSA said it "launched its special crash investigations team to gather information on the South Jordan, Utah, crash", and said it "will take appropriate action based on its review".
The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said on Wednesday that it was sending a team to investigate the crash of a Tesla Inc vehicle last week in Utah that occurred while the auto was in Autopilot mode.