DRIVER CHANGES TALE ON AU­TOPI­LOT AF­TER TESLA CRASH

The Denver Post - - BUSINESS -

DETROIT» A Tesla driver said his car’s par­tially self-driv­ing au­topi­lot sys­tem wasn’t re­spon­si­ble for a crash in Min­nesota, de­spite what he ini­tially told in­ves­ti­ga­tors.

In its po­lice re­port ob­tained by The As­so­ci­ated Press on Mon­day, the Kandiy­ohi County Sher­iff’s Of­fice said David Clark, 58, blamed au­topi­lot for a crash Satur­day evening in Haw­ick, Minn. Clark ini­tially told deputies that when he en­gaged the au­topi­lot fea­ture, the car sud­denly ac­cel­er­ated, left the road­way and over­turned in a marsh. Clark and his pas­sen­gers suf­fered mi­nor in­juries.

But in an email sent Mon­day af­ter­noon to the sher­iff’s of­fice, Clark said he was con­fused in the mo­ments af­ter the crash. Af­ter dis­cussing the crash with his fel­low pas­sen­gers, he now be­lieves that he dis­en­gaged au­topi­lot by step­ping on the ac­cel­er­a­tor be­fore the crash.

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