Autopilot wasn't to blame for once.
Over the last few months, we've seen a spate of Tesla crashes caused by owners misusing the Autopilot system, leading to the National Highway Traffic Safety investigating 30 Tesla crashes to find out if Autopilot was to blame. Some people don't understand that Tesla's Autopilot is not fully autonomous, and this confusion can sometimes have fatal consequences.
However, in the case of this embarrassing Tesla crash in Sudbury, Massachusetts, driver error and bad driving were to blame. As reported by CBS Boston, a Tesla Model 3 crashed into an orthodontics office, causing severe damage to the building. Photos show the Model 3 didn't just hit the wall, it went right through the building, showering the office in debris.
Luckily, nobody was seriously injured in the crash, but the two occupants inside the Model 3 were trapped in the car, which was buried in debris from the window and wall the electric sedan smashed into. Despite smashing through a building, the damage to the Model 3 looks relatively minor. Another person inside the building was taken to the hospital to be checked out. The damage to the building was so severe that police said the crash left the building unsafe.
It's not clear how the crash happened, but while it's easy to assume the Model 3 was using the controversial full self-driving feature, police aren't convinced that Autopilot was activated.
Instead, police believe the crash was caused by "operator error, combined with the unfamiliarity of the vehicle's operating system," but the cause of the accident is still under investigation. Earlier this year, the NHTSA found that accidents caused by a sudden acceleration in Teslas were caused by "pedal misapplication." In other words, drivers mistaking the brake for the accelerator pedal is a common cause of accidents involving Teslas, and that could have been the case here.
"The vehicle did not act on its own and we have ruled out that cars named Christine, KITT, and Herbie were not involved, " the Sudbury MA Police Department joked on social media. The driver should probably take a closer look at the owner's manual before they get back on the road.