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Friday, 18 June 2021 22:55

Tesla, Volvo Among 5 Carmakers Under NHTSA Investigation for ADAS Crashes

Written by Joey Klender, Teslarati

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Tesla, Volvo, Cadillac, Lexus and Navya are five car companies under investigation by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) for crashes that occurred while Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) were activated, the agency said.

The NHTSA released a list of 36 total accidents that occurred in the U.S., dating back as far as June 2016. Of the 36 accidents, 30 involve Tesla vehicles.

 

Not all of the Teslas listed were using Autopilot, however. Three of the Tesla cases listed are described as “Electric Vehicle-Not in Autopilot,” according to the list the NHTSA provided to Teslarati

Additionally, one incident hasn’t been confirmed as to whether or not a Tesla Model S used Autopilot at the time of its crash.

 

Five accidents are listed as “More Over Law Special Study,” while one is listed as “Heavy Truck Underride.”

 

The NHTSA did not provide a statement.

 

Tesla’s Autopilot systems, despite being proven through statistics to make vehicles nearly 10 times less likely to be involved in an accident compared to a human driver, are still widely considered controversial by many who have not experienced the system.

 

Autopilot is not fully autonomous, and Tesla has never claimed its vehicles should be operated without the driver paying attention to road conditions or surroundings. However, the company has implemented several safety features to ensure drivers are paying attention during the use of Autopilot or the Full Self-Driving suite.

 

On the list are several notable recent accidents, including...


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