Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk has sent out a tweet claiming that Tesla’s Autopilot feature had nothing to do with a Model X crash in Pennsylvania on July 1.
Musk not only claimed that Tesla’s Autopilot feature did not cause the crash, but he also stated that if the feature were enabled, the accident would have been prevented.
Onboard vehicle logs show Autopilot was turned off in Pennsylvania crash. Moreover, crash would not have occurred if it was on.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 14, 2016
The incident in Pennsylvania in early July saw a Tesla Model X roll over on a motorway, which was allegedly caused by the car’s Autopilot feature malfunctioning.
Although Musk is claiming the Autopilot feature was not responsible for the vehicle crashing, the Pennsylvania incident is still under investigation by The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Following the Pennsylvania incident, as well as a range of other alleged Tesla Autopilot failures, some organisations have called for Tesla to pull the tech from their cars to avoid any possibility of technological failure resulting in injury.
In response to these reports, Musk tweeted about how Tesla customers disagree and that none of them want the Autopilot feature disabled.
Tesla customers are v smart & don't want media speaking on their behalf abt Autopilot. Recent poll: 0.0% want it disabled -- not 0.1%, 0.0%.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 17, 2016