Tesla says Autopilot was not active in fatal Netherlands crash

A Tesla electric car involved in a fatal crash in the Netherlands this week was not using the "Autopilot" function at the time of the accident, Tesla said on Thursday. "Thus far, we can confirm from the car's logs that Autopilot was not engaged at any time during the drive cycle and that, consistent with the damage that was observed after the vehicle struck the tree, the vehicle was being driven at more than 155 kilometers an hour," a Tesla spokesman said in a statement.

The cause of the crash on a highway about 40 kilometres east of Amsterdam is still being investigated, and Tesla is cooperating with authorities, the company said. In the United States, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating a May 7 fatality in Florida in which a driver using Tesla's Autopilot driver assistance system crashed into a truck.

After the Dutchman died in the collision with the tree, the front of the car was severely damaged, but the back was pretty intact. As it was a crash scene involving an electric vehicle, firefighters took hours to recover the body because of fears of electrocution. Specialists from Tesla in the country arrived at the crash scene and only after the site was deemed safe, did the firefighters retrieve the body of the victim.

With Inputs from Reuters 


Updated Date: Sep 09, 2016 11:27:01 IST