Tesla driver says autopilot function almost killed him

(KRON) — A California driver stated he feels grateful to be alive after his new Tesla veered off the street, accelerated, and crashed whereas in autopilot mode.

“I used to be a proud Tesla proprietor a couple of months in the past. I used to be sure that I had invested in a dependable and protected automobile, in a model that pioneers the longer term. My religion was shaken although when autopilot went horribly fallacious, resulting in a harrowing occasion,” Seneca Musoka wrote on LinkedIn.

Musoka initially deliberate to purchase a Tesla Mannequin X as his “dream automobile,” however the mannequin’s price ticket was too excessive. He settled for a Tesla Mannequin 3.

Musoka stated he went on an “bizarre” drive in his new automobile and listened to music. His Tesla Mannequin 3 hummed in autopilot mode.

“However in a blink, all of it went sideways — fairly actually. My Tesla abruptly veered off the street. It wasn’t only a slight drift or a fallacious flip. My automobile sped up with an unnerving suddenness, the acceleration was quick. Earlier than I might course of what was taking place, the automobile was hurtling down an embankment, the terrifying descent coming to a jarring halt mere inches away from a mammoth tree,” he wrote.

“I managed to crawl out of the automobile, wincing on the shards of glass embedded in my head and again. A bruised sternum and a number of other bruised ribs throbbed with ache, however the information that I used to be nonetheless alive was surprisingly soothing,” Musoka wrote.

Musoka stated California Freeway Patrol officers on the crash scene stated he was fortunate to have survived the wreck.

“They weren’t fallacious. However it wasn’t simply the tree I narrowly averted, or the river that was a heart-stopping 50 yards away. It was the conclusion that my life hung within the stability, because of a malfunction in a expertise,” Musoka wrote.

Tesla didn’t reply to KRON4’s request for remark Thursday.

Autopilot comes as a regular function in each new Tesla, in line with the corporate. Tesla’s web site describes its expertise as “a complicated driver help system that enhances security and comfort behind the wheel. When used correctly, autopilot reduces your general workload as a driver.”

Musoka stated he nonetheless thinks Tesla builds “unbelievable” automobiles, however he doesn’t advocate utilizing the autopilot function. “It was a tremendous automobile. Simply that one function was a little bit of a priority,” he instructed KRON4.

An investigation by the California Legal professional Basic’s Workplace is underway probing Tesla’s expertise, CNBC reported Thursday. The investigation was launched in response to complaints from clients and Tesla workers who raised pink flags over autopilot issues of safety.

Autopilot expertise can also be being investigated by the Nationwide Freeway Site visitors Security Administration in response to dozens of Tesla crashes in 2022.

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