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Tesla driver blames autopilot feature on Culver City crash


Jan 26, 2018

Although Tesla’s Autopilot feature may seem like a great, innovative idea—it may not be the safest way to get around town due to the many different driving conditions and/or glitches with the feature that may occur while on the road.

Many Tesla drivers have become heavily reliant on the Autopilot feature, which have concerned other drivers on the road, along with the National Transportation Safety Board federal investigators.

According to KTLA, a Tesla crashed into a fire engine while the vehicle was allegedly on Autopilot on the 405 Freeway in Culver City on Monday, January 22, 2018.

A fire engine was responding to a disabled motorcycle, when a Tesla Model S, traveling 65 mph, crashed into the back of a fire engine.

According to authorities, no one was injured; however the car accident involving the Tesla drew in a lot of attention by federal investigators.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the Tesla car accident, since the driver, who has not been identified, is claiming that the vehicle was on Autopilot at the time.

Autopilot is a feature in which the vehicle has the ability to safely drive itself—“greater than that of a human driver,” according to Tesla’s website. The Autopilot feature includes advanced sensor coverage, which allows the vehicle to drive centered in its lane at a fixed distance from the car in front of it. In addition, the Autopilot feature allows the vehicle to change lanes and brakes when needed.

However, the revolutionary feature is meant to be used in a way that has the driver’s full attention, in case something unexpected were to occur, such as a glitch, unexpected road conditions, and more.

Since car accidents involving Tesla’s have stirred up a lot of controversy, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration believes that the Autopilot feature enables the drivers to ignore many of the warnings.

The Tesla car accident involving the fire engine remains under investigation.

Our team of Tesla car accident attorneys at West Coast Trial Lawyers highly advise drivers to pay full attention on the road—even if you are in a “self-driven” vehicle like Tesla with the Autopilot feature.

If you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident due to the fault of another driver, our team of car accident personal injury lawyers urges you to contact an auto collision attorney as soon as possible.

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