Back in early August 2022, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began investigating two fatal crashes in July 2022 that killed motorcyclists, both of which involved Tesla, which was suspected to have used the autopilot function.
In October 2022, recently published NHTSA statistics revealed a third fatal accident involving a motorcyclist and a Tesla.
The accident occurred in Boca Raton, Florida, on August 26, 2022. At approximately 2:11 a.m., a Tesla Model 3 driven by Richard Dorfman collided from behind with a Kawasaki Vulcan S piloted by Ingrid Noon. No one was thrown back from her bike and hit the windshield of the Tesla. She later died from her injuries at a nearby medical center.
Thus, in less than 60 days there were three fatal accidents involving Tesla using autopilot, as a result of which motorcyclists were killed.
On the one hand, Tesla officially declares that its cars cannot drive themselves and that supervision of the driver is constantly necessary. On the other hand, it uses names such as “Autopilot” and “Full Self-driving”.
NHTSA investigations are currently ongoing as of October 20, 2022.
“Tesla’s advanced driver assistance software will not receive regulatory approval for driving vehicles without a human driver at the wheel in 2022.”