A 28-year-old Lehi woman was issued a citation after her Tesla slammed into the back of truck.
The driver of a Tesla Model S sedan reportedly was traveling at 60 miles per hour when it smashed into a fire truck stopped at a red light near Salt Lake City on Friday night.
A Utah driver turned on the semi-autonomous functions of her Tesla vehicle and then didn't touch the steering wheel again for 80 seconds before slamming into a firetruck stopped at a red light last week, a summary of data from the auto released Wednesday showed.
Tesla advises drivers that they must keep their hands on the steering wheel and pay attention at all times while using Autopilot, which the company says does not make the vehicle "autonomous".
A woman driving a Tesla that crashed into the back of a fire truck in Utah had frequently taken her hands off the wheel while the vehicle was on "Autopilot", including at the time of the crash, Tesla told police.
The NHTSA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating a March crash involving a Tesla Model X in California where the driver was killed.
The driver engaged Autosteer and Traffic Aware Cruise Control on multiple occasions during this drive cycle. The family of driver Walter Huang alleged that he had taken the vehicle in to the dealer several times, and had complained that Autopilot kept steering him toward the same barrier he ended up hitting. "Each time she put her hands back on the wheel, she took them back off the wheel after a few seconds". After a fatal Tesla Model X crash on Highway 101 in Mountain View in March, Tesla reported that the driver of that auto had been warned repeatedly during the trip to put his hands on the wheel, and that his hands were not detected on the wheel for six seconds before the collision.
"This is consistent with her admission that she was looking at her phone at the time", police said. It is also probing the January crash of a Tesla vehicle apparently traveling in Autopilot that struck a fire truck.
The driver manually pressed the vehicle brake pedal fractions of a second prior to the crash. South Jordan police reiterated that drivers of semi-autonomous vehicles must remain alert and in control of the vehicle at all times.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has sent its special crash investigations team to the state, the agency said as details about the Friday evening crash became public Wednesday.