NHTSA probes Tesla Autopilot crash that killed three people2022-05-19 18:49 by Daniela
Tags: NHTSA, Tesla
A U.S. federal agency is investigating a crash involving a 2022 Tesla Model S that may have been operating in Autopilot during a crash that killed three people. Autopilot is Tesla's advanced driver-assistance system (ADAS) that performs automated functions such as steering, accelerating and automatic braking.
The accident occurred on May 12th in Newport Beach's Mariners Mile strip, according to the Orange County Register. The EV reportedly struck a curb and ran into construction equipment, killing all three occupants. Three construction workers were also sent to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Police declined to say whether Tesla's Autopilot was involved.
If this all sounds vaguely familiar, that's because this is just one of 35 such investigations into crashes that may have involved the Autopilot system that have been launched since 2016. These crashes have resulted in the deaths of 11 other individuals, not counting the three in the Newport Beach crash.
Tesla says on its website that Autopilot provides drivers assistance by enabling vehicles to steer, accelerate and brake automatically but "require active driver supervision and do not make the vehicle autonomous." NHTSA notes there are no autonomous vehicles for sale that would allow drivers to not pay attention.
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