The Tesla autopilot could have caused three fatal accidents that occurred on July 6-7 at once. In all cases, the cars did not notice an obstacle on the road.
The US National Highway Traffic Safety Agency (NHTSA) is investigating three fatal accidents involving Tesla electric vehicles at once. Experts do not exclude that the autopilot was activated in the cars. This is reported by the Autoevolution website.
All three accidents occurred on July 6 -7. So, in Florida, a 2015 Tesla Model S electric car for unknown reasons drove off the highway to a truckers’ rest stop, maneuvered there, and flew into a parked truck.
The impact of the Tesla Model S literally cut off the roof, and the 66-year-old driver and 67-year-old passenger died on the spot. The car didn’t even try to slow down. According to NHTSA, the autopilot shut down a second before the collision.
The second accident occurred in California – a Tesla Model Y crossover crashed into a Yamaha motorcycle. The impact bike driver was thrown out of the seat, and he died. According to preliminary data, the electric car was driving on autopilot, and the driver was distracted and did not notice the motorcycle in time. The autopilot also ignored the obstacle.
In California, another fatal accident was recorded. A Tesla Model 3 sedan ran a red light and hit a woman crossing the road. The driver admitted that he activated the autopilot, but, at the same time, it turned out that he was in a state of drug intoxication.
Recall that NHTSA has been investigating accidents involving Tesla on autopilot for a long time. It is noted that cars of this brand in unmanned mode get into accidents much more often than models of other brands.
We also reported that the crashed Tesla self-ignited three weeks after the accident.