U.S. NHTSA to Open Inquiry into Fatal Tesla Accident in California

U.S. NHTSA to Open Inquiry into Fatal Tesla Accident in California

The deadly December 29 crash of a Tesla car in Southern California will be probed by the U.S. government’s auto safety governor, the company said Tuesday.

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) stated earlier this month it had opened an inquiry into a 12th Tesla crash that may be tied to the car’s advanced Autopilot driver help system after a Tesla Model 3 rear-ended a parked police automotive in Connecticut.

NHTSA didn’t say if autopilot was presumed in Sunday’s crash in Gardena in Los Angeles county.

Los Angeles TV station KTLA reported the driver left the 91 Freeway in Gardena, ran a red light and hit a 2006 Honda Civic, killing its two occupants.

The two individuals inside the Tesla had been hospitalized; however, it didn’t have life-threatening accidents.

Autopilot was engaged in a minimum of three Tesla automobiles that had been involved in deadly U.S. crashes since 2016.

The National Transportation Safety Board has denounced Autopilot’s lack of safeguards and stated in September in its investigation of a 2018 Culver City, California Tesla crash that the system’s design “allowed the driver to disengage from the driving.”

Tesla, as well as NHTSA, advise drivers that they need to keep their hands on the steering wheel and pay attention while utilizing Autopilot.

Tesla says Autopilot “allows your automobile to steer, speed up and brake robotically within its lane,” however, it doesn’t make the car autonomous.

Some drivers say they can keep their hands off the wheel for prolonged durations when utilizing the program. In November, a U.S. Senator Ed Markey stated Tesla ought to disable Autopilot until updates new safeguards to prevent drivers from avoiding system limits that might allow them to fall asleep.

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