Crossover was reportedly in Autopilot mode.
Tesla has been under increasing scrutiny ever since the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration revealed the Autopilot system on a Model S might have failed and resulted in a fatal crash.
That scrutiny will likely become even sharper as The Detroit Free Press is reporting a Model X was in Autopilot mode when it crashed on the Pennsylvania Turnpike last week. According to the paper, Albert Scaglione and his son-in-law where approaching the Bedford exit, about 107 miles (172 kilometres) east of Pittsburgh, when the crossover hit a guard rail and then crossed over several lanes before hitting a concrete median. The Model X then rolled over, but thankfully both occupants survived the crash.
Scaglione reportedly told officers the car was in Autopilot mode at the time of the crash. However, Dale Vukovich of the Pennslvania State Police revealed Scaglione will likely be cited for the accident following the completion of his investigation.
It remains unclear what caused the accident to happen but the Model S crash has been blamed on the inability of the car or its driver to see a tractor-trailer making a left turn. The truck driver has said the Tesla owner might have been watching a Harry Potter movie at the time of the crash, so that could have played a role in the fatal accident.
Source: The Detroit News