Tesla’s Self-Driving Cars Under Investigation After Series of Accidents

In a major investigation into the accidents involving Tesla’s self-driving vehicles, the American safety regulator has launched a probe. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there have been 7 accidents resulting in 17 injuries and one fatality among Tesla’s vehicles equipped with autopilot or autonomous driving capability.

Tesla's Self-Driving Cars Under Investigation After Series of Accidents

These incidents have prompted a thorough examination across a wide spectrum.

Tesla's Self-Driving Cars Under Investigation After Series of Accidents
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The news of these accidents has also impacted Tesla’s stock shares, leading to a 5% decline at the start of trading on Tuesday, August 17. Investigations are being conducted into accidents occurring from January 22, 2018, to July 10 of the current year in 9 states across the US, most of which occurred at night. However, Tesla has refrained from immediate comments on the matter.

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This isn’t the first time Tesla’s self-driving vehicles have come under scrutiny. In 2018, the National Transportation Safety Board attributed a fatal accident in Florida to a flaw in the autonomous driving system of a Tesla vehicle. Despite advancements in autonomous driving technology, statistics show an increasing trend in accidents occurring after a few miles of autopilot use, indicating the need for enhanced driver vigilance.

Tesla's Self-Driving Cars Under Investigation After Series of Accidents
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The investigating agency assures that the inquiry will yield valuable insights into the root causes of these Tesla accidents, potentially informing necessary advancements in safety protocols. It emphasizes the importance of having a human driver present to oversee vehicle operation, stressing that laws governing driver responsibility remain applicable.

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Furthermore, the integration of new technologies into vehicles necessitates educating drivers about their usage and ensuring their vigilance. In light of these developments, a prominent Tesla supporter, Elon Musk, commented that the allegations extend beyond just autopilot-equipped Tesla models, affecting all vehicles within the company’s lineup that have been involved in accidents.

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