Dave Clark, 58, had told police the 2016 vehicle left the roadway after he activated Tesla’s driver-assistance system, according to a statement released Sunday by the Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office.
Electric auto maker Tesla (TSLA) saw its shares drop Monday after a news report blamed a Tesla auto crash in Minnesota on the vehicle’s autopilot feature. The driver and four passengers escaped the rollover wreck with minor injuries, the report said.
Tesla shares closed down 2.5 percent to $319.57 in NY. Musk said the driver permitted the company to share the email, and Clark couldn’t immediately be reached by Bloomberg News.
The crash occurred after “Clark. engaged the autopilot feature”, sending the auto off eastbound 172nd Avenue NE. and rolling into the marsh, the Sheriff’s Office statement continued.
Tesla shares, which fell as low as $313.45 on Monday, rebounded later and were down 2.8 percent at $318.69 in afternoon trading. The crash brought intense scrutiny on the technology and whether the car’s manufacturer, based in Palo Alto, Calif., overstated the capability of the autopilot feature. Tesla said it hasn’t yet established whether the vehicle’s Autopilot feature was engaged, but it has no reason to believe it worked other than as designed.
“Every time a driver engages Autopilot, they are reminded of their responsibility to remain engaged and to be prepared to take immediate action at all times, and drivers must acknowledge their responsibility to do so before Autopilot is enabled”, the auotmaker added.
Federal investigators reviewed the crash and chose not to impose a recall, concluding there was no safety defect involved in the crash.