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Tesla DUI Crash: Drunken Driver Blames Autopilot

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Firefighters took a photo of the Tesla car that had driven into the back of their truck. The Tesla driver, arrested on DUI charges, said the autopilot was to blame since he was passed out. (Twitter/@CC_Firefighters)

By    |   Tuesday, 23 January 2018 06:44 PM

A Tesla driver who crashed into a parked fire truck claimed that the alcohol in his system shouldn’t matter because the car was driving, not him.

The blood alcohol content of the driver was almost double the legal limit and he reportedly passed out before striking the fire truck on Interstate 405 in Culver City, California, The Washington Post reported.

No one was injured in the crash, and the driver was arrested even though he claimed the autopilot was engaged and was driving for him, The Washington Post reported. No cars currently for sale in the general market are fully self-driving, and drivers are still responsible for the safety of the vehicle’s operating conditions, Ars Technica reported.

“Autopilot is intended for use only with a fully attentive driver,” a Tesla spokesperson told The Washington Post.

Future Tesla models are intended to be fully autonomous, and will allow drivers to do other things including sleep or watch a movie, The Washington Post reported.

In the case of the fire truck crash, Tesla can look at the car’s data to determine whether the car was actually using autopilot prior to the crash, but they have not said whether they did so, The Washington Post reported.

Twitter users mostly saw the incident as a precursor of worse things to come.

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