Twin Cities man blames autopilot after Tesla rolls into marsh

Xavier Trudeau
Juillet 17, 2017

Tesla's Autopilot self-driving system is being blamed in a rollover crash in Minnesota that injured five.

David Clark, 58, of Eden Prairie, said he was driving Saturday evening before sunset on a country road 18 miles northeast of Willmar, when the vehicle "suddenly accelerated" and overturned in the marsh, the Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office said in a statement Sunday. CBS 4 reports that Clark was approaching an intersection when he chose to engage the Autopilot feature and that is when the vehicle accelerated sending it off the road.

This is the second time the Palo Alto, California-based company's autopilot feature has resulted in an accident. The system requires drivers to continually touch the wheel.

In Gainsville, Florida in May 2016, a driver was killed when his Tesla, going 70 miles per hour, crashed into a semitrailer truck.

Federal investigators reviewed the crash and chose not to impose a recall, concluding there was no safety defect involved in the crash.

Autopilot automatically drives, brakes and keeps the auto within a lane.

Tesla Autopilot has been praised by many for helping to avoid accidents but it's also been accused of causing them.

Tesla is very careful about its Autopilot feature warning drivers against misuse and use of the system.

Elon Musk, Tesla CEO, recently said at the National Governor's Association semi-annual meeting that "Probably in 10 years, more than a half of new vehicle production is electric in the US.I think nearly all cars produced will be autonomous".

A request for class-action status has been filed as well in an attempt to add seven other Tesla drivers with complaints in other states that were listed in the NHTSA database.

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