A Tesla automobile which might be pushed autonomously has crashed into a fireplace division truck stopped at a pink mild.
The Mannequin S rear-ended the mechanics truck in Utah within the western US at 60mph, apparently with out braking earlier than impression
Police stated they have no idea if the autopilot function was engaged.
The driving force broke their proper ankle and the crash on Friday night time is beneath investigation, police in South Jordan, a suburb of Salt Lake Metropolis stated.
The crash will probably be unwelcome information for Tesla proprietor Elon Musk as federal security businesses are in the course of investigating the efficiency of Tesla’s semi-autonomous driving system after two deadly crashes of Teslas on autopilot this yr.
Throughout a convention name in regards to the California-based firm’s file web quarter one loss final week Mr Musk accused journalists of being “irresponsible” for writing in regards to the risks of autonomous autos.
He claimed that “individuals may truly flip it off after which die” due to the tales in regards to the deadly crashes.
South Jordan police stated there was no indication the Tesla’s driver on Saturday was beneath the affect of any substance.
There was mild rain falling and roads had been moist when the crash occurred, police stated in a press release.
“Witnesses indicated the Tesla Mannequin S didn’t brake previous to impression,” the assertion stated.
Tesla’s autopilot system makes use of cameras, radar and computer systems to keep up velocity, change lanes and cease.
Drivers are warned the system nonetheless requires them to maintain their eyes on the highway and arms on the wheel to keep away from accidents.
Police stated that they had been involved with the Nationwide Transportation Security Board in regards to the crash, nevertheless the company’s spokesman didn’t know if they might get entangled with the crash.
Tesla’s first quarter outcomes, launched final week, confirmed the corporate made a file $710m (£523m) web loss and tore by means of $745.4m (£549m) in money within the first quarter of the monetary yr.
South African Mr Musk has revealed he “sleeps on the manufacturing unit” in Palo Alto, California in an try to honour his promise to provide 5,000 Mannequin three electrical vehicles per week.
At present solely about 2,000 of the extra fairly priced vehicles are being produced every week, regardless of greater than half one million individuals having made paid reservations for the automobile.
The Mannequin three begins at $35,000 (£25,700) however with choices can simply value greater than $50,000 (£36,800).
Mr Musk is going through strain from buyers and patrons however final week dismissed his losses, saying he was “fairly assured” about hitting optimistic money move in quarter three – however it isn’t a certainty.