• The vehicle was traveling about 60 mph when the crash happened. This is the speed the driver selected.
• The driver manually pressed the vehicle brake pedal fractions of a second prior to the crash.
• 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.
Based upon the findings of this investigation, the driver of the Tesla was issued a traffic citation for failure to keep proper lookout under South Jordan City municipal code 10.28.030 (traffic infraction).
When Gephardt Daily reached out to Tesla Sept. 5, a spokesperson issued the following statement: “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. Tesla has always been clear that autopilot doesn’t make the car impervious to all accidents.”
Federal officials have investigated at least two accidents in which Tesla crashed while in autopilot.
At least one fatal accident has been reported. An investigation attributed that accident to a failure of software.