Tesla Model S crash in Utah involving a red fire truck is now being investigated by US safety regulators

US safety regulators have launched investigation into a crash in Utah that occurred when a Tesla Model S plowed into a fire department vehicle while it was on "autopilot" mode, the media reported.

A Tesla Model 3 ploughed into the back of a stationary fire truck. Image: twitter/@CC_Firefighters

A Tesla Model 3 ploughed into the back of a stationary fire truck. Image: twitter/@CC_Firefighters

The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration sent a team of special crash investigators to investigate the May 11 crash, the Fortune reported on 16 May.

The 28-year-old female driver of the Tesla vehicle admitting she was looking at her phone prior to the collision, according to the police.

Data from the vehicle showed that the driver repeatedly cancelled and then re-engaged features of the semi-autnonomous driving system "autopilot", according to Tesla technicians.

"When using Autopilot, drivers are continuously reminded of their responsibility to keep their hands on the wheel and maintain control of the vehicle at all times," a Tesla spokeswoman was quoted as saying.

The driver had turned on the "autosteer" and "cruise control" features about 80 seconds prior to the crash and taken her hands off the wheel, Tesla officials were quoted as saying to police on 16 May by the Guardian.

But despite several high-profile autopilot crashes, including a fatal collision in California, Tesla CEO Elon Musk has insisted that his technology is safer than traditional cars, the report added.


Updated Date: May 17, 2018 16:12 PM