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Twin Cities man blames autopilot after Tesla rolls into marsh

Twin Cities man blames autopilot after Tesla rolls into marsh

The driver of a Tesla involved in a crash in Minnesota on Saturday denied that the vehicle's Autopilot system had led to the incident, according to an email released by the automaker.

The crash occurred after "Clark. engaged the autopilot feature", sending the vehicle off eastbound 172nd Avenue NE. and rolling into the marsh, the Sheriff's Office statement continued. The driver and four passengers escaped the rollover wreck with minor injuries, the report said.

Palo Alto, California-based Tesla said it's investigating and will cooperate with local authorities.

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The autopilot feature uses cameras, radar and computers to detect objects and automatically brake if the auto is about to hit something.

Tesla said in a statement following the accident that it has "no reason to believe [the autopilot feature] worked other than as designed".

Tesla is very careful about its Autopilot feature warning drivers against misuse and use of the system. The Washington Post has reported that Tesla does require drivers to keep their hands on the steering wheel even while the feature is engaged, however. In that case, a Tesla Model S hit a tractor-trailer. It also can steer the auto to keep it centered in its lane.

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in January that it found no safety defects in the system and declined to issue a recall. It also said Tesla's manuals and instructions make clear that human drivers are responsible for driving the auto.

Tesla shares were down about 2 percent to $321.13 in afternoon trading.

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