The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration stated in a report released late last week that it is investigating 11 Tesla crashes involving first responder cars that parked and marked the road with flares, cones, and other safety items at night. During the occurrences, seventeen individuals were injured and one person died.
Some reckless Tesla owners flout the rule that drivers using Autopilot keep their hands on the wheel and their eyes on the road.
Since 2018, there have been 11 known accidents across the United States. This year, four of them occurred in California, Florida, Michigan, and Texas. One of the earliest reported crashes occurred in Laguna Beach, California, as part of a series of occurrences involving stationary vehicles and Tesla cars equipped with Autopilot traveling at speeds over 50 mph.
Tesla Autopilot is a Level 2 technology that necessitates constant driver attention. Even though Tesla labels its support systems “Autopilot” and “Full Self-Driving,” there are no commercially available self-driving cars that can function totally without human involvement.
Tesla did not respond to our request for comment. While the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration investigates, Tesla can continue to sell Autopilot.
The federal government is looking into Tesla’s Autopilot system. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration stated on Monday that it is conducting an official investigation into the safety of Tesla’s Autopilot Level 2 driver-assistance features. According to federal authorities, this new investigation will focus on Tesla crashes involving parked emergency vehicles. At least 11 wrecks or fires have been reported to the government agency, with 17 people injured and one person killed. This new research covers 765,000 Tesla vehicles, including the Model Y, 3, S, and X.The fundamental problem, according to an Office of Defects Investigation paper, is “subject vehicle collisions involving in-road or roadside first responders.” According to the preliminary investigation, Tesla vehicles have “encountered first responder incidents and subsequently impacted one or more vehicles associated with those events.” “During the approach to the crashes, all of the affected subject vehicles were confirmed to have been in Autopilot or Traffic-Aware Cruise Control.” Four of the recorded crashes occurred this year, with the rest occurring between 2014 and 2021.