The deadly accident took place back in January but it has taken so long for the details to actually emerge, with reports coming in from China to support the claim of the first ever Autopilot fatality.
This is not a record to be proud off, with the crash occurring in January 2016 when a Tesla Model S impacted a road sweeper truck on the side of a highway. The 23-year old driver, who was not the owner, died in the incident. The family has sued Tesla and said there is footage of the car impacting the truck without slowing down – allegedly the Autopilot did not function properly and the company should take responsibility.
For now Tesla has said they were unable to retrieve data and conduct an investigation due to the extensive damage. “Because of the damage caused by the collision, the car was physically incapable of transmitting log data to our servers and we therefore have no way of knowing whether or not Autopilot was engaged at the time of the crash,” commented the company. The first reported death involving the Autopilot occurred in May in America – and has been widely reported. For now, Tesla has altered some of its Autopilot descriptions to avoid any confusion and has pledged to make it even safer with the latest raft of updates included in the 8.0 version.