Tuesday, 17 August 2021 09:27

Road in Yosemite Causing Teslas on Autopilot to Crash

Written by Andrei Nedelea, Inside EVs
Road in Yosemite Causing Teslas on Autopilot to Crash Google Street View

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There seems to be one spot in the Yosemite Valley that is catching Teslas out. Apparently, at least five Teslas have crashed in the area while on Autopilot.

Owners report where the road splits, if your route is on the left lane, the vehicle will want to go straight. There’s clearly something there that confuses the vehicle.


This was announced by a Tesla Model X owner who experienced exactly what is described above. His Tesla crashed into a boulder on the side of the road, very close to the road itself, and couldn’t move under its own power after. In his lengthy post on RedditBBFLG said:


"Just sharing my story of my 2020 Model X LR+ accident on July 25th. 25mph speed zone, two lanes, lane one curves left, lane two goes straight. Hands on wheel, eyes on road, vehicle just wanted to keep going straight, I took control, entered gravel and smashed into a boulder. No airbag deployment, but couldn't drive."


He also mentioned local rangers said there were three more Tesla accidents previously. Apparently, a fifth car, a Model S, crashed in the same place after BBFLG crashed his Model X there. The driver also said some locals stopped and said their Tesla also always has problems navigating the road in that area.


We have a photo from Google Street View of the place where the two lanes split and while the left turn is certainly sharper, the car should still be able to make it without driver intervention when on Autopilot. BBFLG noted he had his hands on the wheel and he was paying attention to the road, but the vehicle still wanted to off the road and he couldn’t avoid contact with the boulder that rendered his car undrivable. 


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