New photos and videos have emerged of the driver that died in a recent Tesla crash in Fontana that may show him using the autopilot system in an unsafe manner. Insurance Journal reported on the matter.
The photos and videos were found on a social media group for Southern California Tesla owners. One video showed the driver in the driver’s seat with no hands on the wheel or feet on the pedals in freeway traffic. He was letting the autopilot system handle the driving. A caption on the videos stated “Best carpool buddy possible even takes the boring traffic for me.”
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The CHP announced Thursday that its preliminary investigation had determined that the Tesla’s partially automated driving system called Autopilot “was engaged” prior to the crash. The agency said it was commenting on the Fontana crash because of the “high level of interest” about Tesla crashes and because it was “an opportunity to remind the public that driving is a complex task that requires a driver’s full attention.”
However, it has since walked back that comment, saying that a final determination has not been made about the reason for the crash. At least three people have died in previous U.S. crashes involving the autopilot system.
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