A Culver City fire truck was hit by a Tesla allegedly using its ‘autopilot’ features.
The Culver City firefighters reported that their truck was parked, attending a freeway accident on Monday, when the Tesla Model S smashed into the rear.The story was covered by local and national media.The firefighters on the scene said it appeared that the driver was using the car’s Autopilot system. The California Highway Patrol and Culver City Fire Department, California, confirmed the accident, but did not confirm the status of the car when it crashed.
Culver City Fire Department battalion chief Ken Powell told the Firehouse website that the emergency vehicles had their lights flashing and that both the fire truck and the car suffered major damage. He said: “It was a pretty big hit.”
However, there were no injuries.
Following the incident, the car manufacturer made the point that the Autopilot system is “intended for use only with a fully attentive driver.” What’s more, the owner’s manual which comes with the Model S has a number of warnings that stress that attention to the road is vital whilst using Autopilot semi-autonomous driving function and that hands should remain on the wheel.
(picture credit: Culver City Fire Department)