A Tesla crashed into an overturned truck on National Highway 1 this morning, and the driver said the car was on autopilot at the time, according to reports in United Daily News, and Liberty Times today, June 1.
The Chiayi County Fire Bureau received reports at 6:40 am of a traffic accident involving a truck and a sedan in the southbound lanes at the 268.4 kilometer mark.
Upon arriving at the scene, firefighters found both drivers unhurt, and both refused to go to the hospital.
According to preliminary investigations by the Highway Police Bureau, the 53-year-old Tesla driver, Mr Huang, said that his car was on autopilot, and travelling at around 110 kilometers per hour at the time of the crash.
As soon as he saw the truck, he stepped on the brake, Mr Huang said. However, it was too late to stop the vehicle, and it crashed through the roof of the overturned truck.
Video footage of the accident showed the truck driver standing around 25-30 meters behind the overturned truck attempting to warn drivers, but as the Tesla approaches at full speed, the truck driver is forced to stand aside.
When the Tesla reaches the truck driver’s position, white smoke pours off the tires, as the driver applies the brakes.
” Autopilot and Full Self-Driving Capability are intended for use with a fully attentive driver, who has their hands on the wheel and is prepared to take over at any moment,” Tesla states on it’s web site.
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