Tesla Stock Drops As Autopilot Feature Blamed For Crash

Elias Hubbard
July 17, 2017

The driver and four passengers escaped the rollover wreck with minor injuries, the report said. Tesla said it hasn't yet established whether the vehicle's Autopilot feature was engaged, but it has no reason to believe it worked other than as designed.

The autopilot feature uses cameras, radar and computers to detect objects and automatically brake if the auto is about to hit something.

Tesla shares were down about 2 percent to $321.13 in afternoon trading.

The company has not yet responded to the request for information on if drivers and purchasers of Tesla vehicles receive some sort of training to use the feature. The system also makes frequent checks to ensure that the driver's hands remain on the wheel and provides visual and audible alerts if hands-on is not detected. 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.

Federal safety regulators investigated Tesla's Autopilot past year after a fatal crash in Florida. It was the first known crash of a partly autonomous vehicle. Drivers can take their hands off the wheel, but only for short periods.

Federal investigators reviewed the crash and chose not to impose a recall, concluding there was no safety defect involved in the crash.

Mr Clark nor the police have confirmed whether he got any warnings from his Tesla prior to the accident. His SUV was parked in his garage when it unexpectedly crashed into his living room, injuring him and destroying walls.

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