Because this is a new day, we have the mandatory Tesla Autopilot crash, this time taking place while the system was governing a Model X sport utility vehicle.
According to Tesla Motors Club member Eresan, one of his friends was on board a Model X in Montana over the weekend when driving with the Autopilot on the system failed to notice wooden posts on the side of the road. In the resulting incident the crossover reportedly smashed at least 20 of them while doing around 60 miles per hour. This of course led to rather extensive damage to the Model X and even allegedly led to the front passenger side wheel being ripped off.
The report is of course rather hard to verify but it seems another Tesla Motors Club going by the name Mark Z, has scoured through Google Maps for the probable location of the incident – he noted the area is on a rather isolated two-lane road and the lane marking in the area is rather faded. These conditions would support Tesla in questioning the user engaging the Autopilot because the company has warned drivers that “Many unforeseen circumstances can impair the operation” of the system so “always drive attentively and be prepared to take immediate action.” The automaker has also warned drivers against using the Autopilot on roads without a center divider – which was the case with this accident.