Tesla, possibly on autopilot, slams into truck in dramatic Utah wreck


Tesla on autopilot crashed into a truck the fire Department, which stopped at a red light.

Police in Utah are investigating whether or not a fast-moving Tesla automotive that rear-ended a fireplace truck on Friday was in autopilot mode.

It's not known if the Autopilot system was engaged during the crash.

Police mentioned it is not instantly identified whether or not the Tesla's autopilot driving system was in use when it rear-ended a truck apparently with out braking earlier than influence at roughly 60 miles per hour. As for the fire truck and its driver, not much damage was encountered. The Tesla's driver suffered a broken right ankle, and the driver of the Unified Fire Authority mechanic truck didn't require treatment, Winkler said.

Airbags were activated in the crash.

There was no indication the Tesla's driver was under the influence of any substance, and information on what the driver may have told investigators about the circumstances of the crash likely wouldn't be available before Monday, Winkler said by telephone. The roads were wet in a light rain, according to a police statement.

Tesla's AutoPilot uses sensors, cameras, radars and control units to monitor speed, change lanes and automatically stop vehicles.

People visit a Tesla Model S vehicle during the Auto China 2016.

The company confirmed the move earlier reported by the Wall Street Journal, which said Schwall joined Waymo's safety team led by former National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Deputy Administrator Ron Medford.

Tesla and Waymo did not immediately respond to emailed requests for comment on Sunday.

It's not yet clear if the NTSB will investigate.