Tesla Smashes Into Truck In Viral Video. Driver Blames Autopilot

The driver said he manually hit the brakes after spotting the truck, but it was too late to avoid the crash.

Tesla Smashes Into Truck In Viral Video. Driver Blames Autopilot

A Tesla Model 3 was filmed crashing into an overturned truck.

Shocking surveillance footage has captured the moment a Tesla vehicle, allegedly operating on Autopilot, crashed into an overturned truck in Taiwan early Monday morning. CCTV cameras captured the Tesla Model 3 failing to stop for an overturned truck and slamming right into it on a highway. According to Taiwan English News, the driver of the Tesla, Mr Huang, said that his car was in Autopilot mode and travelling at around 110 kilometers per hour at the time of the accident. He told emergency first responders that it did not have the Full Self-Driving feature engaged. 

Tesla offers two types of semi-autonomous technology with its electric cars - Autopilot and Full Self-Driving. Autopilot enables the car to steer, accelerate and brake automatically for other vehicles and pedestrians within its lane. Full Self-Driving is more advanced and also offers additional features like Navigate on Autopilot, Auto Lane Change, Autopark, Summon, and Traffic Light and Stop Sign Control.

Smoke can be seen rising from the Tesla's tyres seconds before the crash. Mr Huang said he manually hit the brakes after spotting the truck, but it was too late to avoid the crash. Luckily, he managed to escape without any injuries, reports Fox News

CCTV footage of the incident has been widely shared online. 

On Twitter, the video has been viewed over 2 lakh times, sparking a conversation around road safety. 

Tesla has yet to comment on the incident. Its partially automated driving system has previously been involved in other crashes. In February, the National Transportation Safety Board of US found that Tesla's partially automated driving system steered an electric SUV into a concrete barrier on a Silicon Valley freeway because it was operating under conditions it couldn't handle and because the driver likely was distracted by playing a game on his smartphone. 

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