Another Tesla with activated “Autopilot” involved in fatal accident

Tesla’s “Autopilot” driver assistance system is said to be involved in a fatal road accident again. A motorcyclist was killed near the city of Salt Lake City, Utah, in late July after a Tesla car hit him from behind. The motorcyclist was thrown from his Harley-Davidson and fatally injured. The Tesla driver was unharmed.

The Tesla driver said he didn’t see the motorcycle in front of him, according to the Utah Highway Patrol. He also stated that he had activated the “Autopilot” system while driving.

The accident may have been added to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) register, in which the agency collects accidents in which driver assistance systems were activated. By mid-June, the data collection contained 392 such accidents, 273 of which involved Tesla cars. In view of the development towards autonomous vehicles, the NHTSA has a special focus on driver assistance systems such as those from Tesla.

The electric car manufacturer has long referred to the assistance system in its electric cars as “autopilot” and is regularly criticized for this. Contrary to what the name suggests, it is just a collection of support systems that drivers should keep an eye on at all times. Last year, for example, the head of the US accident agency, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), criticized the misleading designation of the system.

Tesla boss Elon Musk wants to offer autonomously driving cars as quickly as possible. In April, he acknowledged that progress there was slower than he had expected. He urged Tesla buyers to join the current full self-driving (FSD) beta program. The electric car cannot yet drive itself, but the car insurance offered by Tesla will be cheaper.


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