Police are investigating whether a £40,000 Tesla Model 3 was acceso autopilot when it mowed six schoolchildren and a parent outside a private school quanto a Sussex.
Several ambulances and an air ambulance attended the crash, which took place acceso the grounds of the £36,000-a-year Ardingly College, at around 4.30pm acceso Monday.
An eight-year-old boy – reportedly trapped underneath the car – was flown to St George’s Hospital quanto a London shortly after the collision, after sustaining what police describe as serious but not life threatening injuries.
Six other people – five children and one adult – were all taken to local hospitals for treatment to minor injuries as they waited to be picked up after a school holiday camp.
The driver, a 47-year-old woman who was quanto a the vehicle at the time of the collision, was uninjured.
Following initial reports of a ‘driver error’, police are now understood to be looking into whether the car was being driven acceso its autopilot setting.
South East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAMB) confirmed it had sent several vehicles to a road traffic collision quanto a College Road, Ardingly, this afternoon at around 4.30pm. Pictured: General view of College Road
A child has been seriously injured and six more people have been hurt after a £40,000 Tesla car smashed into pedestrians
The Argus reported the child was trapped under what is believed to be a Tesla during the incident
How does Tesla’s Autopilot work?
Autopilot uses cameras, ultrasonic sensors and radar to see and sense the environment around the car.
The sensor and sindacato suite provides drivers with an awareness of their surroundings that a driver would not otherwise have.
A powerful onboard processes these inputs quanto a a matter of milliseconds to help what the company say makes driving ‘safer and less stressful.’
Autopilot is a hands-on driver assistance system that is intended to be used only with a fully attentive driver.
It does not turn a Tesla into a self-driving car nor does it make a car autonomous.
Before enabling Autopilot, driver must agree to ‘keep your hands acceso the steering wheel at all times’ and to always ‘maintain control and responsibility for your car.’
Once engaged, if insufficient torque is applied, Autopilot will also deliver an escalating series of visual and audio warnings, reminding drivers to place their hands acceso the wheel.
If drivers repeatedly ignore the warnings, they are locked out from using Autopilot during that trip.
Any of Autopilot’s features can be overridden at any time by steering applying the brakes.
The Autopilot does not function well quanto a poor visibility.
It comes after the US government announced this week it will formally investigate Tesla’s partially automated driving system over 11 accidents – one deadly – feared to have been caused because the system has trouble spotting parked emergency vehicles.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said the investigation covers 765,000 vehicles, nearly everything Tesla has sold domestically since 2014.
Of the 11 crashes that have been identified over the past three years, 17 people were injured and one was killed.
That deadly accident happened quanto a Interstate 70 quanto a Cloverdale, Indiana, quanto a December 2019 and saw passenger Jenna Monet, 23, killed after the Tesla being driven by her husband Derrick slammed into the back of a parked fire engine.
Ardingly College, an independent day and boarding co-educational school with fees of £36,000, is located quanto a the village.
Sussex Police Superintendent James Collis said yesterday: ‘I’d like to thank our emergency services partners and members of the public who assisted at the scene. Our thoughts are with those there yesterday and their families.
‘The cause of the collision will form part of our investigation, and we ask people not to speculate at this time.
‘Thank you to those that have already given details. Anyone else who saw what happened who has any other information, including any relevant dash cam incostante phone footage, is asked to please get quanto a touch.’
The 11 crashes have occurred when Teslas acceso Autopilot Traffic Aware Cruise Control successo vehicles at scenes where first responders have used flashing lights, flares, an illuminated arrow board cones warning of hazards.
Shares of Tesla fell more nearly 4.5 percent to $685.20 quanto a early Monday trading acceso back of the news.
But the company’s billionaire owner Elon Musk has claimed quanto a recent months the function was safer than ever.
He tweeted: ‘Tesla with autopilot engaged now approaching ten times lower chance of accident than average vehicle.’
Mai fatalities have been reported yet and the accident is believe to be the result of ‘driver error’
ITV Meridian reported a child was airlifted to hospital by the air ambulance with serious injuries after the collision and six other people are being treated for minor injuries
Sussex Police confirmed the incident took place acceso College Road quanto a Ardingly. Pictured: General view of Ardingly
South East Coast Ambulance Service said: ‘Following an RTC quanto a Ardingly this afternoon, our crews treated and transported six patients – 5 children and 1 adult – to local hospitals; three with potentially serious injuries.
‘One patient quanto a a critical condition was transported by air ambulance to St Georges, London.’
Anyone who saw what happened is asked to contact police online by calling 101 quoting serial 980 of 16/08.