There are new updates on the deadly Tesla Model X crash that occurred in Mountain View last month. On March 23, an Apple engineer was driving his Model X on Highway 101 when it crashed into the median and caught fire. Emergency personnel rushed the Model X driver to the hospital, but he later died from his injuries.
ABC 7 News released an important update on the crash. Before the accident, the driver reportedly told his brother that Autopilot had caused the vehicle to steer towards the same barrier where the crash occurred on multiple occasions. The driver reportedly took the Model X to a dealership after experiencing this problem.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the California Highway Patrol’s Multidisciplinary Accident Investigation Team are investigating the accident. ABC 7 News captured footage of investigators removing the restraint and infotainment system control modules from the vehicle. It has been determined the Tesla Model X was using Autopilot when the crash occurred.
Autopilot is a function that allows Tesla vehicles to operate semi-autonomously. The NTSB is investigating another recent crash that may have involved Autopilot. We recently wrote about this other crash on our blog.
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