Tesla car drives into bus in Germany

Image: AFP Photo/Jens Büttner

A Tesla driver’s car has hit the back of a tourist bus in northern Germany, with the car in Autopilot mode at the time, according to the driver.

Reuters reports that the car was returning to the inside lane after overtaking, and hit the back of the bus. Police said it had to be investigated why the Autopilot assisted driving system did not work properly.

“We have spoken to our customer, who confirmed that Autopilot was functioning properly and that his use of Autopilot was unrelated to the accident,” Tesla said in a statement to CNBC.

“We’re glad that he’s safe.”

The bus’s 29 passengers were unhurt, and police in Ratzeburg in Schleswig-Holstein state described the driver’s injuries as slight.

Tesla’s Autopilot has been in use since October last year, and has been in use during two fatalities, in China and the USA, notes AFP.

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