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US regulators open probe into Tesla crash in Utah

IANS  |  San Francisco 

US safety regulators have launched investigation into a crash in that occurred when a Model S plowed into a fire department vehicle while it was on "autopilot" mode, the media reported.

The sent a team of special crash investigators to investigate the May 11 crash, reported on Wednesday.

The 28-year-old female of the vehicle admitting she was looking at her phone prior to the collision, according to the police.

Data from the vehicle showed that the repeatedly cancelled and then re-engaged features of the semi-autnonomous driving system "autopilot", according to technicians.

"When using Autopilot, drivers are continuously reminded of their responsibility to keep their hands on the wheel and maintain control of the vehicle at all times," a Tesla was quoted as saying.

The had turned on the "autosteer" and "cruise control" features about 80 seconds prior to the crash and taken her hands off the wheel, Tesla officials were quoted as saying to police on Wednesday by

But despite several high-profile crashes, including a fatal collision in California, Tesla has insisted that his technology is safer than traditional cars, the report added.



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First Published: Thu, May 17 2018. 12:36 IST