Earlier this week, we reported on an accident involving a Tesla Model X on Autopilot over the weekend. The vehicle reportedly veered off road and hit a guardrail made of large wooden posts. The impact destroyed the passenger side of the Model X and detached the front wheel, but fortunately, both occupants were not injured.
Following the accident, the driver claimed that the Autopilot veered off road on its own, but Tesla has now issued a statement regarding the accident and claims that the data log shows that the driver didn’t respond to an alert to hold the steering wheel, which they say led to the accident.
The driver of the vehicle talked to CNN identifying himself as Pang. He insists that he did not receive alerts, but he also told the news agency that he speaks Mandarin and that the vehicle was set to English.
Montana State Trooper Jade Shope said that Pang received a traffic citation for careless driving due to the accident.
As we discussed in our first article about the incident, it happened on a road without a center divider and Tesla doesn’t recommend to use Autosteer in those conditions, which is something the company points out in its statement along with sensors not detecting hands on the wheels after the alert.
Here’s the full statement a spokesperson sent us: