EVcrash: She ran-red-light looking @phone> Tesla& UT-firetruck collided

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% Musk sez unfair: UT broken ankle Tesla EV crash is front page but, ~40k
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Tesla driver says car was in autopilot when it crashed at 60mph
14 May 2018  Sam Levin

The scene of the crash in Utah. Photograph: Courtesy of the South Jordan
police department

Driver of Model S, which failed to stop at a red light and collided with a
firetruck in Utah, told investigators she was using the semi-autonomous

[image]  Elon Musk has criticized the coverage of the crash, saying it is
unfair to focus on Telsa when thousands die in traditional auto accidents
every year. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

The driver of a Tesla car that failed to stop at a red light and collided
with a firetruck told investigators that the vehicle was operating on
“autopilot” mode when it crashed, police said.

A Tesla Model S was traveling at 60mph when it collided with the emergency
vehicle in South Jordan, Utah, on Friday, causing minor injuries to both
drivers, officials said Monday. The Tesla driver’s claim that the car was
using the autopilot technology has raised fresh questions about the electric
car company’s semi-autonomous system, which is supposed to assist drivers in
navigating the road.

The exact cause of the crash, which left the driver with a broken ankle,
remains unknown, with Tesla saying it did not yet have the car’s data and
could not comment on whether autopilot was engaged. South Jordan police also
said the 28-year-old driver “admitted that she was looking at her phone
prior to the collision” and that witnesses said the car did not brake or
take any action to avoid the crash.

“As a reminder for drivers of semi-autonomous vehicles, it is the driver’s
responsibility to stay alert, drive safely, and be in control of the vehicle
at all times,” the police department said in a statement.

While driverless technology is expected to make the roads significantly
safer by reducing human error and crashes, companies like Tesla are
currently in a transition period that some experts say has created unique
risks. That’s because semi-autonomous features, research has shown, can lull
drivers into a false sense of security and make it hard for them to remain
alert and intervene as needed.

Tesla has faced backlash for its decision to brand the technology
“autopilot”, given that the drivers are expected not to depend on the
feature to keep them safe.

After a Tesla autopilot crash in March resulted in the driver’s death, the
company issued a series of lengthy statements blaming the victim for “not
paying attention”.

On Monday, Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk complained about an article on the Utah
crash, writing on Twitter: “It’s super messed up that a Tesla crash
resulting in a broken ankle is front page news and the ~40,000 people who
died in US auto accidents alone in past year get almost no coverage.”

He also wrote that it was “actually amazing” the collision at 60mph only
resulted in a broken ankle: “An impact at that speed usually results in
severe injury or death.”

Musk has on numerous occasions forcefully chastised journalists
investigating Tesla crashes, arguing that the unflattering news coverage was
dissuading people from using the technology and thus “killing people” in the
process. After Tesla recently labeled an award-winning news outlet an
“extremist organization”, some critics compared the company’s hyperbolic
denouncements of the press to the anti-media strategy of president Donald
Trump ...
[© 2018 Guardian News  theguardian.com]

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