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NTSB 'gathering information' on Tesla crash in Southern California

NTSB 'gathering information' on Tesla crash in Southern California

His Tesla was towed away - and no, it didn't drive itself to the tow yard, as the police pointed out on Twitter. Previously, the NTSB linked Tesla's autopilot function to a fatal crash in Florida in 2016 where a Model S driver died when his vehicle slid underneath a semi-trailer.

A man who was found passed out behind the wheel of his Tesla on the Bay Bridge in San Francisco on Friday was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving, officials said.

"Autopilot is certainly not self-driving and can cause some anxiety while you're getting used to it", Tony Yoo said of the Tesla Model S P100D. However, he insisted that he was not to blame and that his auto was "on autopilot".

Get Data Sheet, Fortune's technology newsletter. And when confronted by cops the driver simply told them that his auto was on autopilot, so there's no need for them to worry that he was drunk driving.

Maybe-but for now, that hardly matters. Tesla is clear that drivers using autopilot should remain alert and retain responsibility for their vehicle.

The unidentified motorist claims that the auto was functioning on autopilot at the time of the crash, but officials are still unable to confirm this. Over-reliance on autopilot might have contributed to a 2016 fatality involving a distracted driver.

A Tesla spokesperson said in a statement that the autopilot function is intended for use only with a fully attentive driver.

Despite the warnings, Tesla has been accused in the past of making Autopilot seem like a safer feature than it actually is.

This article has been updated to reflect communication with Tesla.

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