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Tesla Data Proves Runaway Model X Was Really Just A Case Of Bad Driving

Unlike Toyota's acceleration scare, Tesla has proof that it isn't at fault.

Recently we brought you a story about a man who was involved in an accident with a five day old Tesla Model X after he claimed that it suddenly accelerated on its own while the driver was navigating through a parking lot and buried its nose into a nearby building. The Irvine, California, owner then posted pictures of the crash along with his version of the story, which detailed how the car accelerated by itself due to a software glitch, onto Tesla’s user forums.

After the accident, a Tesla roadside assistance operator told the man to tow the car into storage. Now it appears that Tesla has dug into the wrecked Model X’s data log and has retrieved evidence that incriminates the driver. After the news went viral, a Tesla spokesperson contacted Elektrek and sent a statement that reads, “We analyzed the vehicle logs which confirm that this Model X was operating correctly under manual control and was never in Autopilot or cruise control at the time of the incident or in the minutes before. Data shows that the vehicle was traveling at 6 mph when the accelerator pedal was abruptly increased to 100%. Consistent with the driver’s actions, the vehicle applied torque and accelerated as instructed.”

The vehicle owner Puzant Ozbag responded to the statement by saying that his wife was behind the wheel at the time of the incident, but he is siding with her and claiming that the vehicle did the deed on its own. Unfortunately for the couple, the data logs are crystal clear. Since Tesla collects data from its cars to improve its Autopilot system, the information logs make a clear distinction as to which inputs are computer generated and which ones are the driver’s doing. Findings like these only serve to back up the argument that self-driving cars are statistically safer than human pilots. At least Tesla has information to back up its claims to avoid headaches that Toyota underwent when its drivers began confusing the accelerator and brake pedals.

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