Tesla’s Autopilot has been held responsible for many crashes as the company tries to defend itself, saying it was the driver’s fault every time. However, once again a crash has taken place, this time with a Model S, and again Autopilot has been blamed. In the crash, in which a Model S is seen slowly pulling into the parking lot adjacent to a gym, it suddenly accelerates through the gym’s façade.
Owner disappointed with Tesla
According to Electrek, the owner of the Model S was hugely disappointed with the way Tesla responded to the incident. The owner claims that Tesla’s Autopilot system malfunctioned, leading to the incident. Tesla reviewed the car logs and concluded that the driver accidentally pushed the accelerator pedal, leading to the crash.
In this crash, the Model S belonged to the husband of the driver, who narrated the incident in a post that read: “I have owned several Model S Teslas and currently own 1 P85D and 1 P90D. Recently, my wife experienced a near fatal accident when she was slowly parking at her gym. The car violently exploded into full acceleration and could have easily killed people in the gym.”
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The owner also mentioned in the post that he tried to contact Tesla to discuss the issue, but the company wouldn’t even talk to him.
“I am amazed and wildly disappointed by the way Tesla has handled this and their complete unwillingness to even talk to me about it. Of course, they immediately blamed it on the driver and claimed their online computer tells them that,” he said.
Blame the driver or the software?
The post from the owner, regarding the incident and lukewarm response from the EV firm was live for a short duration on the Tesla forum as the moderators quickly removed it, noted Electrek. The mishap left no one injured.
In the past, Tesla owners have complained on several occasions of the car exploding into full acceleration on its own. In June, Electrek reported on another incident, in which a Model X crashed into the side of a building in California.
The driver’s recollection of events at that time was identical to that of the most recent story. He too claimed that while parking the SUV, the car uncontrollably accelerated into the side of the building. Tesla reviewed the car logs and again indicated that driver error led to the crash.
“Tesla’s cars do not accelerate without the driver instructing it to do so,” a spokesperson told Electrek.