Elon Musk Says Autopilot Wasn't Turned On in the Recent Tesla Crash

By Tom Pritchard on at

Remember that other Tesla crash? The one that happened last week? Autpilot was cited as one of the reasons for the crash, but according to Elon Musk that wasn't the case. According to him Autopilot wasn't even switched on.

As you might remember, the crash involved a Tesla Model X crossed over a number of motorway lanes, hit a concrete partition, and ended up on its roof. The accident had been blamed on the car's Autopilot self-driving feature, but logs apparently show a different story. According to the data, Autopilot wasn't even switched on when the accident happened.

Musk also tweeted that Autopilot didn't crash, leading to the accident, since that would have showed up in the logs.

Now we just need to work out why the driver said Autopilot was to blame. Shirking responsibility? Didn't realise it was off? Did he confuse it cruise control? Who knows. Presumably there is an ongoing investigation, so answers will no doubt come to light fairly soon.

Meanwhile, following the recent Tesla accidents, Consumer Reports is calling on Tesla to make some serious changes to Autopilot. It insists that Tesla should rename it, and pull the beta version of the software that makes it happen. Tesla, on the other hand, insists that nothing is wrong with Autopilot, and it "relies on real-world data, not the advice of advocates and media." [BGR]