Out in Utah, Tesla Model S owner Jared Overton has a problem: his car drove itself into a semi-truck trailer, and he says he's not to blame. The incident occurred after Overton had parked his car on the street in Lindon, Utah. He showed off the car to a curious onlooker, and then went into a nearby business to run an errand. When he returned, the Model S was wedged underneath the front end of an uncoupled trailer loaded with metal beams.
Overton swears the Model S started on its own and drove under the trailer, resulting in a smashed windshield. The car is equipped with Tesla's Autopilot hardware and software, which allows the car to autonomously cruise on the highway as well as execute low-speed parking maneuvers. Additionally, the "Summon" feature allows the car to unpark itself and drive to the owner's location.
After consulting the vehicle's logs, Tesla declared that Summon had indeed been triggered, but by Overton a mere three seconds after he'd exited the car and closed the door:
Tesla has reviewed the vehicle's logs, which show that the incident occurred as a result of the driver not being properly attentive to the vehicle's surroundings while using the Summon feature or maintaining responsibility for safely controlling the vehicle at all times.
Additionally, Tesla's own descriptions of Summon and Autopilot indicate that they are beta features, and that the combination of radar, ultrasonic sensors, and a forward-facing camera "may not detect certain obstacles, including those that are very narrow (e.g., bikes), lower than the fascia, or hanging from the ceiling".
While is Model S his repaired, Overton has a loaner car from the Tesla and "maintains that he likes Tesla cars a lot." All he wants are answers, and according to Tesla, the answer is him.