A Southfield, Mich., art gallery owner told police his 2016 Tesla Model X was in Autopilot mode when it crashed and rolled over on the Pennsylvania Turnpike last week.
The crash came just one day after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued a report on a fatal crash in May involving a Tesla that was also in self-driving mode.
Albert Scaglione and his artist son-in-law, Tim Yanke, both survived Thursday's crash near the Bedford exit, about 107 miles east of Pittsburgh.
The Detroit Free Press was not able to reach Scaglione, owner of Park West Gallery, or Yanke, but Dale Vukovich of the Pennsylvania State Police, who responded to the crash, said Scaglione told him that he had activated the Autopilot feature. n his crash report, Vukovich stated that Scaglione's car was traveling east near mile marker 160, about 5 p.m. when it hit a guardrail "off the right side of the roadway. It then crossed over the eastbound lanes and hit the concrete median."
After that, the Tesla Model X rolled onto its roof and came to rest in the middle eastbound lane. A 2013 Infiniti G37 driven in the westbound lane by Thomas Hess of West Chester, Penn.., was struck by debris from the Scaglione car, but neither he nor his passenger was hurt.
This is going to be a BIG CONTINUING PROBLEM.
The technology is not perfect. The imperfections leave room for argument: The manufacturer is liable because the technology is not perfect.
However, they will argue that they told the vehicle owner so, and therefore the vehicle owner should have known better than to rely on the imperfect technology.
You give me the technology; I paid you a lot of money for the technology.
But I cannot use it, because I cannot rely on it??
Stay tuned everyone. Life is going to get real interesting in this area.