Molthan admitted that he was not paying attention, but claimed he trusted that the Autopilot would work as it had done before. Molthan reached into the glove box to get a cloth and started cleaning the dashboard just seconds before the collision.
According to an August 7th police report, the car had failed to navigate a bend on Highway 175 in rural Kaufman, Texas, which caused the car to hit the cable guardrail multiple times.
Molthan mentioned that he used Autopilot many times on that stretch of the highway, but now he feels like it gives drivers a false sense of security and can be very dangerous. He also mentioned that the car actually continued to accelerate after the first impact into the guardrail.
Molthan’s crash highlights the challenges facing drivers involved in semi-autonomous vehicle accidents.
Tesla has been in the spotlight since there was a fatal accident on May 7th in Florida.
After non-fatal accidents in Montana and Pennsylvania, Consumer Reports push Tesla to make changes that would require drivers keep their hands on the steering wheel. Tesla was also pressed change the feature’s name to prevent any confusion.