Tesla Model X Veers Crashes Through Guardrail – Autopilot Blamed (Update/Tesla Statement)
Autopliot is again being indicated potentially at fault for a wreck involving a Tesla Model X that reportedly veered off the road, hit a guardrail held up by wooden stakes and then plowed through a fence and stopped somewhere out in the open field.
However, Autopilot was misused in this situation, as the system is not designed for non-divided, two-lane roads like that one pictured below where the wreck occurred.
As forum member Eresan on Tesla Motors Club Forum explains:
“Both 2 people on car survived. It was late at night, Autopilot did not detect a wood stake on the road, hit more than 20 wood stakes, tire on front passenger side and lights flyed away. The speed limit is 55, he was driving 60 on autopilot. His car is completely destroyed. The place he had accident does not have cellphone signal, it is 100 miles from the hotel. We are on a 50 people Wechat messenger group. I woke up today saw he managed to get internet to ask people in the Wechat group to call Tesla for assistant.”
The driver (Mr. Pang) told CNN he wasn’t actually sure whether it was the car’s fault or his. The news organization said the drive was “eager to talk to Tesla and learn why the car swerved off a narrow Montana road” and that “Pang said he did not receive any warning from the car that he was in danger and needed to act, adding that the warnings from his car were in English, and that he speaks Mandarin.”
The incident resulted in a traffic citation being used to the owner for careless driving following the accident.
Tesla Statement on the incident (via Electrek):
Moral of the story…don’t use Autopilot how and where Tesla says you shouldn’t. The system is not designed for use in this situation and therefore can’t be blamed for causing the crash.