Driver claimed the crossover was in Autopilot.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened an investigation into last week's crash of a Tesla Model X which was reportedly in Autopilot mode.
According to Automotive News, the NHTSA is looking to determine if the Autopilot was engaged when the accident occurred. As we reported earlier this week, Albert Scaglione was driving with his son-in-law when the crossover hit a guard rail, crossed over several lanes before hitting a concrete median and then rolling over. Scaglione claimed the Model X was in Autopilot mode at the time of the crash but Dale Vukovich of the Pennsylvania State Police revealed the driver will likely be cited for the accident.
Tesla downplayed the news by releasing a statement saying "based on the information we have now, we have no reason to believe that Autopilot had anything to do with this accident." This could suggest the Model X wasn't in Autopilot mode at the time of the crash and Scaglione could have blamed the system in order to avoid responsibility for the accident.
Tesla went on to say it received an automated alert from the car indicating airbags had been deployed, but never received data concerning the status of the Autopilot system. The company also noted it attempted to contact the driver multiple times but was unsuccessful.
Source: Automotive News