Technology NewsA self-driving Tesla may have caused a mass crash

A self-driving Tesla may have caused a mass crash

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The car owner blames the software for the accident.

Last year, we wrote a lot about the problems with Tesla’s Full Self-Driving (FSD) mode. Cars capable of theoretical level 3 self-driving produce serious errors: one journalist almost fell into a ravine behind the wheel of a Teslawhile a software security expert flat out claims that cars running on FSD can easily they can run over childrenas they are not perceived properly.

Tesla has also been condemned by the court for deceiving consumers, and a federal investigation has already been launched against the company because of its driver support system called Autopilot. However, now they have started to investigate again due to an accident attributed to the FSD in the vicinity of Tesla’s house – reports Ars Technica.

Motorists using Tesla's self-driving mode caused many accidents last year (Photo: Tesla)
Motorists using Tesla’s self-driving mode caused many accidents last year (Photo: Tesla)

The newspaper reported on an incident that occurred on November 24 of last year: a Tesla Model S, while traveling on the I-80 highway in California, first changed lanes several times, and then suddenly – without the presence of an external factor justifying braking – went from a speed of 55 miles per hour to 20 miles per hour. slowed down to speed.

It’s almost penalty braking can also be perceived on a highway, so it is no wonder that other motorists coming on the highway at their usual speed did not have much time and opportunity to avoid the slowly moving vehicle. It involved an eight-car crash that took one person to hospital and eight others with minor injuries.

According to the man traveling in the Tesla, the crash was clearly caused by the operation of the FSD, which, according to him, failed in the moments before the accident. However, the police have not yet been able to determine whether the self-driving software was actually working at the time in question.

CNN to the California Highway Patrol, a For California Highway Patrol (CHP) turned up, from which they received the answer that the police cannot verify whether the FSD was switched on, as this information is only available to Tesla.

Although Tesla claims that there is no problem with their (so-called) self-driving software, at the end of 2021 thousands of their cars had to be recalled for a software update, because the previous software performed so-called “phantom emergency braking”, completely unexpectedly and without reason. And this is just one problem out of many, because Tesla has been investigated at least 38 times by the American Highway Patrol, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

By the way, Elon Musk’s company is asking $15,000 for the FSD mode, the availability of which, after previous beta tests, was opened to everyone on the same day when the aforementioned mass crash occurred.

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