A man in Texas told investigators that he was behind the wheel of the Tesla Model S Model X when it crashed into a barrier, claiming that he got in front of a truck and hit the barrier, according to a final investigative report by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).
The autopilot system was on, although the vehicle was equipped with autonomous emergency braking. The pedestrian walking the median when the crash occurred was also on the highway. He died at the scene.
The Autopilot system activated at the signal changes at the end of the highway, as a number of other vehicles were approaching. The accident occurred when a vehicle traveling approximately 65 mph (105 km/h) turned onto the highway perpendicular to the Model X. The Model X struck the first vehicle, traveled into the path of the fourth vehicle, and subsequently struck the barrier.
“The NTSB investigation continues, but I can’t discuss any aspects of it at this time,” a Tesla spokesperson told bmw.
Model X is a new version of the vehicle with semi-autonomous driving features.