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Deadly Tesla Model S Crash Under Investigation

January 13, 2020

USA - A deadly crash took place in California involving a Tesla Model S, according to CARANDDRIVER.COM. The Tesla crashed into a Honda Civic, causing two fatalities, and now the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is investigating further.  There is no official word whether Tesla's autopilot system was engaged in the incident as of yet.*

The NHTSA has investigated thirteen crashes involving Tesla vehicles that may have had the autopilot system engaged.  For now, semi-automated driving systems are entirely unregulated by the government.  Social media is full of images and videos of people using the system improperly, including sleeping and eating while operating the vehicles. It appears that many drivers are failing to understand the limitations of their autopilot systems.These systems are far from being fully autonomous. 

The NHTSA is selective regarding which accidents it investigates.  This collision was chosen because of the possibility of the autopilot feature being involved. 

The same day of this fatal accident, another Tesla Model 3 was involved in a fatal collision in Indiana. In that crash, a passenger in the Tesla tragically died when the vehicle struck a parked firetruck. It is not yet known whether the self-driving system was in use during that crash or whether the NHTSA will also investigate this separate incident. 

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Category: Auto Accidents

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