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NHTSA Investigates 12th Crash Involving Tesla’s Autopilot Feature

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is conducting its 12th investigation into crashes involving Tesla vehicles and their autopilot feature. The most recent investigation was spurred after a Tesla Model 3, which has an autopilot feature, ran into the back of a parked police car in Connecticut in December, Reuters reported.

Car manufacturing mega-giant Tesla did not immediately comment on the story. However, it did state that its autopilot feature and autonomous cars are very different from each other. Tesla also emphasized that even when using the autopilot feature, drivers are still expected to hold the steering wheel and be ready to take control of the vehicle at any time.


History of Tesla Autopilot Crashes

This latest incident is the 12th time Tesla has faced questions from the NHTSA about its autopilot feature. Some other Tesla autopilot crashes that have made headlines include:

  • Handan, China: On January 20, 2016, a driver was killed in Handan, China, after a Tesla vehicle crashed into a truck on the side of the road. The father’s victim believed that the car was in autopilot at the time.
  • Williston, Florida: On May 7, 2016, a fatal crash involving Tesla’s autopilot feature occurred in Williston, Florida, when a tractor-trailer made a turn in front of a Tesla using the autopilot feature. The Tesla passed under the truck’s trailer, which was not equipped with an underride prevention feature.
  • Culver City, California: On January 22, 2018, A Tesla crashed into a fire truck that was parked on the side of the road. The driver told the fire department at the time that he had been using the autopilot feature, even though he was traveling well above the posted speed limit. It was after this crash that people began speculating that the autopilot feature could not detect parked cars on the side of the road.
  • Mountain View, California: A fatal Tesla crash occurred in Mountain View, California, on March 23, 2018. In this instance, the Tesla left the carpool lane and crashed into a concrete barrier at the side of the highway.
  • South Jordan, Utah: On May 11, 2018, another Tesla crashed into a fire truck. This time, the truck was on the road but was stopped at a red light. This crash did not result in fatalities, but the Tesla driver did break her foot.

These are just a few of the crashes involving Tesla’s vehicles that have gained the most attention. As autopilot features and autonomous cars become more popular, accidents involving these vehicles are likely to increase.


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