The incident involved the Tesla Model X and video footage of the accident shows the vehicle hitting two other vehicles and missing another, while a
The incident involved the Tesla Model X and video footage of the accident shows the vehicle hitting two other vehicles and missing another, while also coming close to running over a pedestrian. This all took place in the small city of Mayaguez, on the west coast of Puerto Rico. Footage of the accident and near escape shows the Tesla pulling close to the curb on the side of the road, before accelerating and smashing into the rear of a parked truck. The Tesla then continues to move forward, narrowly missing another truck driving along the road.
The self-driving car then hurtles across the road straight towards a pedestrian on the other side of the street.
The Tesla flattens a street sign before spinning around which caused its rear end to mount the pavement.
The pedestrian, who had been looking down at his phone, jumped backwards against a nearby metal shutters and came within what appears to be inches of the back of the electric car.
However, this was not enough to stop the Tesla, which then continues to move forward before smashing into another parked car before eventually coming to a halt.
The CCTV video of accident was published by Puerto Rican outlet Tu Noticia PR, which claim the incident occurred last Saturday in front of a bakery.
It claims the driver said the Tesla “suddenly accelerated” as they were attempting to park the car, but fortunately despite the erratic and apparently out-of-control actions of the vehicle nobody was injured in the accident.
On Tesla’s own website is states the Model X is built for safety.
“Model X is built for safety, with standard active safety features and hardware built to provide visibility that a driver cannot access alone,” their website says.
“Eight surround cameras allow for 360-degree vision, while twelve ultrasonic sensors provide detection of surrounding objects.
“Forward-facing radar see through heavy rain, fog, dust, and beyond the vehicle ahead—helping to prevent accidents by providing simultaneous visibility in every direction.
“Model X is the first SUV ever to achieve a 5-star US NCAP safety rating in every category and sub-category, the lowest probability of occupant injury, and a rollover risk half that of any SUV on the road.”
Tesla also claim the Model X has advanced hardware capable of providing Autopilot features.
Regarding its Autopilot function Tesla insists the vehicle is designed to assist the driver “with the most burdensome parts of driving”.
“Autopilot introduces new features and improves existing functionality to make your Tesla safer and more capable over time,” Tesla say on their website.
“Autopilot enables your car to steer, accelerate and brake automatically within its lane.
“Current Autopilot features require active driver supervision and do not make the vehicle autonomous.”
Tesla have been contacted for comment, but have not responded at the time this article was published.