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August 2016 Archives

Tesla owner says Autopilot feature prevented crash

The Autopilot feature offered by the California-based electric car maker Tesla has been the subject of a great deal of media scrutiny of late. Tesla owners have claimed on blogs and Internet forums that their vehicles behaved erratically and crashed when the autonomous feature was turned on, and Tesla has refuted a number of these claims by releasing the data that its vehicles constantly transmit back to its Palo Alto headquarters.

Cause of deadly California bus crash unknown

The California Highway Patrol is investigating a bus crash in Merced County that claimed the lives of five passengers in the early morning hours of Aug. 2. The 57-year-old man behind the wheel of the charter bus, which had 30 people on board as it headed toward Washington state, lost control of his vehicle and struck a pole near Liberty Avenue on Highway 99 in Atwater at about 3:30 a.m. Reports indicate that helicopters were called in to transport the badly injured driver and at least six passengers to area hospitals.