As a driver, it's important to know what the various controls on the automobile do. Turn the wheel clockwise and the car goes right. Turn it counter-clockwise? That makes it go left. Then, there's the pedals. On a car with an automatic transmission, there are generally two pedals. The big pedal on the left? That one makes you stop. And that skinny one on the right makes you go.
Keeping all these things straight is important, as any owner of an Audi in the 80's can surely tell you. But, alas, these basic assumptions didn't apply for one Tesla X owner.
Puzant Ozbag owns a Model X and he says his car "suddenly and unexpectedly" accelerated "on its own" to crash into a building while his wife was driving. That's not a good thing, especially for Tesla, which has seen a number of owners report that their cars crashed all on their own, blaming the various semi-autonomous features for their accidents.
the car was told to drive into a building, so it did
Except, Tesla's cars aren't autonomous. They're semi-autonomous, and the driver is responsible for what the vehicle is doing at all times. That's why Tesla has blamed drivers for most of the mishaps, either for straight-up breaking the rules, or for assuming the car will be able to handle a situation that it clearly wasn't designed to handle.
And that's the case here, too — the Tesla Model X in question, rather than accelerating into a building autonomously (which would have made for great clickbait), was told to drive into the building.
"Data shows that the vehicle was traveling at 6 mph when the accelerator pedal was abruptly increased to 100 percent," said Tesla in a statement to The Verge. "Consistent with the driver’s actions, the vehicle applied torque and accelerated as instructed." Ozbag told Computerworld that his wife was not "a 90-year-old person who's going to press the gas pedal instead of the brake."
The company said that the car was operating entirely in manual mode, and neither Autopilot nor cruise control were being used at the time "or in the minutes before." In other words, instead of hitting the brake, the driver stomped on the gas and the car, appropriately, drove forward with maximum acceleration — as would any car in the same situation.