Tesla model vehicles have a lot of factors that draw in prospective buyers. Sleek styling, all-electric models, and tons of available options are some of the major draws. However, their “Autopilot” system is one of the options that is bringing many buyers to Tesla lots across the country. The system works through the use of cameras, radar, and ultrasonic sensors and a powerful onboard computer to take some of the worries of driving off of the driver. While this may help avoid some collisions, the Autopilot system is not without its faults. Several accidents have called into question the reliability of the system.
Fox Business reports that the government is investigating yet another Autopilot crash, this time involving a police vehicle.
The incident occurred on December 8th. A 2018 Tesla Model 3 rear-ended a Connecticut trooper who was parked on Interstate 95 waiting for a tow truck that had been called for a disabled vehicle. The driver of the Tesla said that autopilot was engaged, and he had taken his hands off the steering wheel to check on his dog in the back seat.
Now, the National Highway Traffic Safety Association is checking into whether the Autopilot system was responsible for the accident.
This is not the only accident that has been directly attributed to the Autopilot system. Over the past three years, the system is the suspected cause of several fatal accidents.
The NHTSA has concluded that a driver had the Autopilot system engaged when a 2015 Model S 70-D collided with a tractor-trailer. The 2016 accident killed the Tesla’s driver.
A similar event occurred in California in March of 2017. Preliminary findings of the National Transportation Safety Board’s investigation indicate that the Autopilot system failed to detect a highway barrier and accelerated, killing the other driver.
There are currently 10 other incidents being investigated by the NHTSA to determine if Autopilot played a role in the collisions.
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