Tesla refuted the claim of the driver who said his car was on Autopilot when it crashed on the Pennsylvania Turnpike earlier this month. On Thursday, the electric car maker said logs from the Model X driven on July 1 by 77-year-old Albert Scaglione show that the vehicle took itself out of Autopilot about 25 seconds before the crash because the driver’s hand was not on the steering wheel.
Pennsylvania crash did not involve Autopilot
On Thursday, Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk wrote on Twitter that not only was the Autopilot system was turned off, but “the crash would not have occurred if it was on.” In addition, Tesla released a moment-by-moment description of what happened in the 40 seconds before the crash.
Autopilot started to disengage after 15 seconds of what the automaker described as “visual warnings and audible tones” because Scaglione’s hands were still not on the wheel. According to the EV maker, about 25 seconds before the crash, autosteer started a graceful abort procedure in which the vehicle starts to slow, the music is muted, and the driver is instructed both audibly and visually to place their hands on the wheel. The driver responded 11 seconds before the crash by retaking the wheel and turning it towards the left while pressing on the accelerator, said the automaker.