When it rains, it pours.
The bad publicity keeps on rolling in for electric car maker, Tesla, with a second car involved in an accident while using the cars autopilot driving system.
US authorities are investigating Tesla’s autopilot technology after a Model X careered across several lanes of traffic before hitting a median strip and flipping onto its roof on the Pennsylvania Turnpike.
If nothing else, the accident serves as a positive advertisement for Tesla vehicle safety with both the driver of the car, Albert Scaglione, and his son in law walking away from the incident with only minor injuries.
Scaglione told Police at the scene of the accident that the car was set to Autopilot at the time of the incident.
Tesla confirmed that it had received an electronic message from the car to alert them of the crash. The data logs should also reveal whether or not the car was using Autopilot at the time of the crash, however, Tesla have not yet come forward with the data to confirm whether or not this was the case.
“As we do with all crash events, we immediately reached out to the customer to confirm they were okay and offer support, but were unable to reach him,” Tesla said following the accident.
Pennsylvania State Police are still investigating the incident. The National Highway Transport Safety Administration has also been brought in to determine the cause of the accident.