Friday evening, in South Jordan, UT, a Tesla semi-autonomous sedan with an Autopilot feature rear-ended a a fire department mechanical vehicle. The Tesla was traveling at an estimated speed of 60mph. Witnesses say the car did not slow down or break before impact. It is unknown if the Autopilot feature was engaged at the time if the crash.
The vehicle's air bags were activated and the driver was treated for a broken ankle. The driver of the Fire Department mechanical truck was not injured.
Owner of Tesla, Elan Musk fired back at journalists for what he calls "irresponsible reporting" in their coverage of the dangers of autonomous vehicles and two recent fatal car crashes. In a conference call last week Musk said:
People might actually turn it off and then die.
The Autopilot system uses various tools such as, cameras, computers for speed control, and radar to stop the vehicle and change lanes, Still, regardless of the technology, the company warns that drivers should always remain alert with eyes on the road and hands on the wheel.