Utah Tesla driver had hands off wheel before crash

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Utah Tesla driver had hands off wheel before crash

The Tesla driver suffered a broken right foot and Unified Fire truck driver was checked for whiplash, but not taken to a hospital, according to police.

People look at a Tesla model S in Santa Monica, Calif on January 3, 2015.

Meanwhile, despite the fact that IIHS has not yet completed the crash tests for Tesla Model 3, the organization has started releasing the results of the safety tests which it has already carried out, including the tests of front crash prevention and headlights.

The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration confirmed on Wednesday that it has already deployed a team of special crash investigators that will look into a Tesla Model S crash. She also said she had been distracted by her phone.

"Consistent with NHTSA's oversight and authority over the safety of all motor vehicles and equipment, the agency has launched its special crash investigations team to gather information on the South Jordon [sic], Utah, crash".

"When using Autopilot, drivers are continuously reminded of their responsibility to keep their hands on the wheel and maintain control of the vehicle at all times", said a Tesla spokeswoman.

The May 11 accident appears to be a textbook case of distracted driving exacerbated by technology that, despite providing visual and audio warnings to drivers, is easy for humans to abuse.

Police say the auto smashed into a stationary firetruck at around 100km/h, leaving the driver with a broken right ankle.

The vehicle registered more than a dozen instances of her hands being off the steering wheel in this drive cycle. She had previously told police she had engaged the system and was looking at her phone to compare route maps when the accident occurred. According to the summary released by police, the driver pressed on the brake herself "fractions of a second prior to the crash" and the vehicle had not slowed down from the speed she had set for cruise control.

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San Francisco: Tesla chief Elon Musk defended self-driving auto technology on Tuesday after reports about the latest crash involving one of the electric carmaker's vehicles. The truck had been stopped at a red light.

Some automakers, such as Cadillac, have driver assist system that only function if maps indicate that the vehicle is traveling on a route, typically a highway, that is compatible with a auto taking over some driving duties.

Contrary to the proper use of Autopilot, the driver did not pay attention to the road at all times, did not keep her hands on the steering wheel, and she used it on a street with no center median and with stoplight controlled intersections.

Both NHTSA and the National Transportation Safety Board assisted local police in the investigation.

This is the most recent investigation by federal regulators into the latest accidents that involve Tesla-made vehicles. The airbags in the vehicle fired, while no-one from the firetruck was injured.

Now the NHTSA is also announcing that it will investigate the accident, but only for data gathering as a "special crash".

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Tesla is in the middle of a huge push to ramp up production of its critical Model 3 sedan, an entry-level vehicle that it hopes will turbocharge electric auto sales among a new demographic and fill the companies coffers after years of bleeding cash.

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