After his Tesla Model S accelerated off the road and ended up upside down in a marsh, owner David Clark pointed his finger at Tesla's Autopilot. According to an email sent to Elon Musk and reprinted on Twitter (see below), Clark initially put all the blame on the system, saying that the car sped up and left the road after Autopilot was set. He later recanted that, saying he was merely rattled after the accident. Clark admitted that he actually disengaged Autopilot by pressing the accelerator just before the crash.
Not true. Email from customer. pic.twitter.com/4P3QO7EMLW— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 17, 2017
Maybe Clark was indeed rattled, because Tesla was always going to investigate this accident to determine whether or not the system was activated. He isn't the first and likely won't be the last to use Autopilot as a scapegoat.
Autopilot is a Level 2 system, meaning the driver is always responsible, even if the system is active. Until technology improves, a driver should always pay attention and be ready to take control.