The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is conducting an investigation into reports that another autopilot vehicle of Palo Alto, California-based automotive company Tesla Motors, Inc. – the Tesla Model X – has been involved in a crash on Friday, July 1 on the Pennsylvania Turnpike; investigators are concerned that this crash was caused by the autopilot feature. This has been the second time that a Tesla autopilot vehicle has crashed, officials said.
A spokesperson with NHTSA said the vehicle flipped over and came to rest on its roof, with its driver and passenger hospitalized, treated for injuries, and later released, noting, “We received an automated alert from [Tesla Model X] on July 1 indicating airbag employment, but logs containing detailed information on the state of the vehicle controls at the time of the collision were never received.”
The first accident involving a Tesla in autopilot mode happened on May 7, 2016, when the occupant of the vehicle died after the vehicle crashed into a semi-trailer without even trying to brake.
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