Twin Cities man blames autopilot after Tesla rolls into marsh

Twin Cities man blames autopilot after Tesla rolls into marsh

If you're not familiar with Tesla Autopilot, it's Tesla's autonomous driving feature that is created to assist the driver of the vehicle.

According to the Kandiyohi County Sheriff's office, Mr Clark's Tesla was found overturned in a marsh but the injuries were "minor". CBS 4 reports that Clark was approaching an intersection when he chose to engage the Autopilot feature and that is when the vehicle accelerated sending it off the road. When drivers activate Autopilot, the acknowledgment box explains, among other things, that Autopilot "is an assist feature that requires you to keep your hands on the steering wheel at all times", and that "you need to maintain control and responsibility for your vehicle" while using it. The crash brought intense scrutiny on the technology and whether the car's manufacturer, based in Palo Alto, Calif., overstated the capability of the autopilot feature.

After the incident, the National Transportation Safety Board issued a full report on the crash and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) decided not to issue a recall of that model of Tesla cars, finding no safety defect.

Tesla's Autopilot function is considered an SAE Level 2 autonomous system, meaning the vehicle will accelerate and steer on its own, but the driver is expected to remain alert and intervene if necessary.

Tesla has also implemented an automatic "off" feature for autopilot.

For the time being, a Tesla owner in California filed a federal lawsuit against Tesla for the same "sudden acceleration" problem.