Last Friday. a Michigan resident said Autopilot was engaged when he crashed and rolled on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in his Tesla Model X.
According to the Detroit Free Press, the accident occurred the day after the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration announced an investigation on a fatal incident involving a Tesla Model S, which was operating with the Autopilot self-driving function.
According to the report, the driver, Albert Scaglione, was heading east on the turnpike about 107 miles east of Pittsburgh when the car hit a guard rail on the right side of the roadway.
It then careened across the eastbound lanes and hit a concrete median, rolled onto its roof and came to rest in the middle of the road.
An Infiniti G37 driving westbound then hit debris from the Model X.
No one was injured in the accident.
In an interview with the Free Press, Dale Vukovich of the Pennsylvania State Police said it is likely that he will cite Scaglione after his investigation is completed, but the officer declined to specify the charge.
The newspaper noted that anyone who has driven on the Pennsylvania Turnpike knows that its narrow shoulders and concrete medians leave little margin for driver error.
At this time there’s not enough evidence to indicate that Tesla’s Autopilot malfunctioned,
Tesla cars with Autopilot report telemetry to the automaker through a data connection, so more information should be forthcoming as to the cause of this crash.
Tesla informs owners that Autopilot is a beta feature, and makes them acknowledge that aspect of the system on a screen in the car before it can be enabled.
The system technology is also designed to warn drivers to keep their hands on the steering wheel.
Tesla has yet to make any statements regarding this crash.