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NHTSA investigating Tesla Autopilot crash that killed three people – TechCrunch

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

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

The crash, which happened earlier this month, happened in Newport Beach, Calif., when the Tesla hit a curb and slammed into construction equipment, leaving the car totaled. It’s one of more than 30 crashes being investigated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), all of which potentially involved the autopilot. Of Tesla’s 35 special crash investigations since 2016 involving the electric vehicle company’s ADAS, Autopilot has only been ruled out in three cases.

A total of 14 accidental deaths were reported in these investigations.

This month’s crash is the 42nd included in NHTSA’s special investigation into ADAS systems like Autopilot, a probe that began in 2016 after a fatal crash in Florida involving another Tesla Model S that activated the pilot. automatique.

While Tesla’s website states that “current Autopilot features require active driver supervision and do not make the vehicle self-driving,” the company’s brand has been accused of misleading drivers about capabilities. of their vehicles. By simply choosing names like Autopilot and “full self-driving software”, which is Tesla’s newest and most advanced ADAS, the company gives drivers a false sense of security despite the fact that its technology is far from complete. to be totally autonomous.

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