The vehicle's 29-year-old driver had told police she was on her phone prior to the crash - which resulted in her breaking a foot - and thought the Tesla's automatic emergency braking system would stop before the auto hit anything.
She said she owned the auto for two years and used the semi-autonomous Autopilot feature on all kinds of roadways, including the Utah highway where she crashed, according to the report.
A voicemail left for Lommatzsch wasn't immediately returned. The car's log said that her hands had been off of the steering wheel for 80 seconds leading up to the impact, and that she applied the brakes less than a second before hitting the firetruck, which was blocking the lane to protect the scene of a previous accident.
Lommatzsch broke her foot in the crash and this week was charged with a misdemeanor traffic citation. The driver of the Fire Authority vehicle was checked for injuries related to whiplash, but did not need additional care.
Released in 2015 Autopilot is a cruise-control system that controls steering and brakes and as Tesla claims that this enhanced feature actually reduces 40% of the crashes.
Tesla Inc. on Thursday reached an agreement to settle a class action lawsuit with buyers of its Model S and Model X cars who alleged that the company's assisted-driving Autopilot system was "essentially unusable and demonstrably risky". The system can not cause Teslas to drive fully autonomously. NHTSA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating that case.
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Tesla says it has updated the autopilot hardware since unveiling it in 2016, but acknowledged the features have taken longer to gain traction. Neither Tesla nor Seattle attorney Steve Berman, who represented the plaintiffs, would comment Friday. We want to do right by those customers, so as part of a proposed settlement agreement for a class action lawsuit filed past year, we've agreed to compensate customers who purchased Autopilot on Hardware 2 vehicles who had to wait longer than we expected for these features.
Tesla says on its website the Autpilot function is designed 'to detect objects that the vehicle may impact and applies the brakes accordingly'.
In March, a driver was killed when a Model X with Autopilot engaged hit a barrier while traveling at "freeway speed" in California. In this case, the ongoing delays are in large part thanks to a big falling out with the supplier of its safety cameras, Mobileye, which resulted in the company refusing to supply Tesla with any more of its products.
Earlier in May, the NTSB opened a probe into an accident in which a Model S caught fire after crashing into a wall at a high speed in Florida.
"Starting with the very name Autopilot, Tesla has consistently and deceptively hyped its technology", said John Simpson, Consumer Watchdog's Privacy and Technology Project Director.