Tesla Rejects Driver's Claim Of Unintended Acceleration In Model X
8 Juin 2016 - Autoblog
Recently, a Tesla Model X owner who goes by Puzant posted to the Tesla Motors Forum that his 5-day-old Model X accelerated on its own and crashed into a building.
The incident happened while the "car was being driven and slowly being parked" before it just accelerated into the wall. There were some minor injuries to passengers, as well as damage to the car and the building.
But the bigger story, as is so often the case, is what happened online after Puzant shared the story and pictures. Some in the Tesla Motors Forum were skeptical that things played out the way Puzant said it did. And today, Tesla issued the following statement to Electrek about the crash:
"We analyzed the vehicle logs which confirm that this Model X was operating correctly under manual control and was never in Autopilot or cruise control at the time of the incident or in the minutes before. Data shows that the vehicle was traveling at 6 mph when the accelerator pedal was abruptly increased to 100%. Consistent with the driver's actions, the vehicle applied torque and accelerated as instructed. Safety is the top priority at Tesla and we engineer and build our cars with this foremost in mind. We are pleased that the driver is ok and ask our customers to exercise safe behavior when using our vehicles."
We were not on hand, so we don't know for sure what happened. But the lesson, again, is that Tesla has ways to know what was happening in your car. Just ask John Broder of The New York Times.