NHTSA investigates Tesla Autopilot crash that killed three people

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A US federal agency is investigating a crash involving a 2022 Tesla Model S that may have been running on autopilot during the crash that killed three people.

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Autopilot is Tesla’s Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) that performs automated functions such as steering, acceleration, and automatic braking. This was first reported by Bloomberg.

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The accident, which happened earlier this month, took place in Newport Beach, California, when the Tesla hit a curb and crashed into construction vehicles. leaving the car was. This is one of more than 30 accidents being investigated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). potentially used autopilot. Of the 35 special collision investigations into Tesla since 2016 involving the electric vehicle company ADAS, autopilot was ruled out in only three.

A total of 14 accident deaths were recorded during these investigations.

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This month’s collision is the 42nd included in the NHTSA’s special investigation into the accident of ADAS systems such as autopilot, an investigation that began in 2016 following a fatal crash in Florida involving another Tesla Model S that was autopilot activated.

While Tesla’s website states that “current autopilot features require active driver control and do not make the vehicle autonomous,” the company’s branding has been accused of misleading drivers about the capabilities of their vehicles. By simply choosing names like “Autopilot” and “full self-driving software,” which is Tesla’s newer and more advanced ADAS, the company is lulling drivers into a false sense of security, despite the fact that its technology is far from fully automated.


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