Tesla says you still have to pay attention.
A Tesla Model S purportedly operating in Autopilot mode crashed into the back of a parked fire truck that was responding to an accident on Interstate 405 in Culver City, Calif., on Monday.
No one was seriously injured.
The Tesla was traveling at 65 mph and, according to the driver, it was set to Autopilot, the Culver City firefighters union said in a tweet.
Tesla's Autopilot provides limited semi-autonomous driving aid, including the ability to steer itself within a lane and brake for obstacles in front of it.
Fire and police officials could not immediately confirm the driver’s claim, according to The Mercury News. A Tesla spokesperson reiterated the company’s position that Autopilot is “intended for use only with a fully attentive driver.”
Company CEO Elon Musk has not yet commented on the crash.
Autopilot requires a driver to periodically touch the steering wheel to prove they are paying attention. If not, it will set off several alerts and then enter a safe shutdown sequence.