Heads up: the singularity may have arrived, naturally, in New Jersey.
A faulty autopilot in a Tesla caused the driver to lose control of his Model X on Route 1 near New Brunswick Sunday evening. Or at least that’s what the driver told the cops.
Eric Carter told police that the autopilot took control of the car, forcing him to swerve to the right because, allegedly, the vehicle was detecting a new lane.
The car jumped a curb, colliding with a few traffic signs, and jumped a second curb before coming to a stop. While the vehicle was damaged extensively, no humans or other living creatures were harmed in the accident.
“His feeling is the vehicle registered the turn lane and got confused,” said North Brunswick Police Captain Brian Hoiberg. Carter has not been issued any citations.
A Tesla spokesperson said that they were unaware of any similar incidents occurring because of the autopilot feature since its roll-out in 2015, according to ABC News. Tesla claims that drivers using the autopilot feature correctly (keeping their eyes on the road with both hands on the wheel) are more likely to remain safe than drivers without the autopilot feature. The most recent federal data available says that an accident occurs every 492,000 driven miles in vehicles with no AI-assistance. Tesla claims that its vehicles with autopilot have an accident every 3.34 million miles.