Honolulu, Hawaii — (CNN) For the first time ever, a driverless car has been safely tested on Hawaii’s Big Island, according to the state’s transportation department.
A Tesla Model S sedan has been used to test the vehicle’s safety on the island, which is the largest in the U.S. and home to some of the country’s biggest hotels.
The company has a contract to provide the ride service.
State Transportation Secretary Daniel Kato said Tesla is providing a ride service that is the safest possible transportation for its passengers, but added that it is not mandated to be.
The vehicle, which has been on the road since March, was involved in a crash on Kauai, the Hawaii state capital, on Sunday.
Kato said a Tesla Model 3 sedan was involved, but the vehicle was not involved in the crash.
Tesla has yet to release any information about the crash, but has said it was a matter for police.
A Tesla spokeswoman declined to comment.
The Model S, which sells for about $180,000, is among the safest cars on the planet.
According to the company, the Model S has a range of more than 200 miles on a single charge.
Tesla said it is planning to roll out its self-driving car technology across the state by 2021.
“Our goal is to have fully self-parked vehicles available on every major highway in the state,” Tesla said in a statement.
“We have been working with state, local, and federal officials to ensure the public is fully protected by this technology.”Read More