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Tesla's auto-driven car crashes into the back of a firetruck

Tesla's Model S electric vehicle is equipped with advanced self-driving technology. However, the driverless technology has proved to be less than reliable after the car recently drove into the back of a fire truck that was parked on the side of the road.

At the time of the crash, the vehicle was being driven by "autopilot" in Culver City, California. The crash happened earlier this week and it has inspired criticism and debate about the quality and safety of Tesla's driving-assist software.

The Model S was driving at approximately 65 mph at the time of the collision into the back of the firetruck. In response to the crash, Tesla has made a statement, saying that the autopilot feature was created to be used by attentive drivers only.

At this point, the details of the crash are not entirely clear and police have not released an official statement. However, one person commenting online stated that the driver of the Tesla was a friend of his father. According to the commenter, the semitruck was in between the Tesla driver and the fire truck. The semitruck driver swerved at the last minute into the left lane to avoid striking the stopped fire truck. At that point, the driver of the Tesla in the right lane didn't have enough time to react. Furthermore, it's unclear whether the Tesla self-driving functionality took any action to slow down and try to not hit the truck.

Until police conclude their investigation, it appears that the jury may be out as to whether Tesla's self-driving technology, the driver of the Tesla or another party may have been to blame for this crash. Even though there were no injuries in this case, whichever party was at fault may be liable for costly financial damages. In this vein, the matter raises a unique dilemma. Who is to blame and financially liable for a crash with a self-driven car? The driver, the self-driving car manufacturer or another party?

Source: teslarati.com, "Tesla Model S firetruck crash in California: What we know so far," Jan. 25, 2018

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