The revenues and output of Tesla’s autonomous vehicles have been rising, and at the same time, there is also a small increase in the number of accidents. The latest incident was a collision which occurred last week and involved one of the Tesla Model S cars. The black vehicle hit the parked fire truck from the back around 1 AM near Coyote Creek on the Southbound Highway 101. The impact resulted in two passengers in the car taking a trip to the hospital, but no firefighters were hurt in the accident.
It is suspected that the accident has occurred due to the drunk driver and he was arrested. Michael Tran, a 37-year-old driver, said on the accident scene, “I think I had autopilot on.” For Tesla, it is clear about the autopilot feature, “Traffic-Aware Cruise Control cannot detect all objects and may not brake/decelerate for stationary vehicles, especially in situations when you are driving over 50 mph (80 km/h), and a vehicle you are following moves out of your driving path and a stationary vehicle or object is in front of you instead.”
Watch out for Fire Vehicles: For the 2nd time in just a few months a parked #SJFD Fire Engine was working an emergency scene when struck from behind. Fortunately Firefighters escaped injury. pic.twitter.com/DZUPutwQwl
— SanJoseFireFighters (@SJFirefighters) August 26, 2018
This implies that unless the data from the car is recovered, the company will not be releasing a detailed statement. Parked vehicles have continued to be a flaw while using autopilot and Tesla also acknowledges that. The San Jose Fire Department shared the images of the incident on Twitter. This is a repeated incident when a parked fire truck has been hit from behind by a Tesla autonomous car.
Tesla is trying to do what needs to be done to enhance safety all this year which means that the company should not be blamed for a few collisions. An excellent step would be to play nice with customer reporting groups and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) who are always looking for opportunities to give the latest and most effective safety regulations to consumers.