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Tesla Vehicles Allegedly Become Confused to the Highway Exit Lane Markings Leading to Accidents

November 30, 2022

An online news report published on states that a Tesla car, while using AutoPilot, suddenly steered off of a highway and crashed. The driver claims they were locked out of all controls and could not prevent the accident.

According to another driver, a man from North Brunswick, New Jersey, was nearly killed when his Tesla on "autopilot" decided to go rogue and crashed into several objects prior to coming to a sudden stop. News reporters covering that story reported that the Tesla became "confused due to the lane markings" and could not decipher the difference between the highway's exit lane and the highway's driving lane. The Tesla owner stated that his vehicle's "autopilot" split the difference and drove down the center before leaving the highway and crashing. Tragically, the driver of the Tesla stated that he made attempts to retake control of the Tesla, and he tried to override the "AutoPilot" system, but his Tesla "would not let him."

Initial statements from Tesla stated that "the driver always has control," but that statement was later retracted without explanation. 

The New Jersey Tesla misfortune is not a single, isolated incident. There have been several reports of Tesla AutoPilot systems becoming "confused." The vehicles seemingly have a hard time reading highway exits and do not know whether to take the exit, keep going, or go drive down the middle.

Tesla has been insisting that its self-driving vehicles are completely safe, and operators can override "AutoPilot" and manually control the vehicle. However, these incidents indicate that this is untrue, and reports of Teslas overriding their drivers are increasing.

One Business Insider news article issued a warning stating that Tesla's CEO, Elon Musk, is acting recklessly for implying that Tesla's "AutoPilot" system is completely safe.

According to Mary Cummings, a Duke University professor, Elon Musk is wrong. Still, it's his position to sell Tesla vehicles. 

Another serious issue that government agencies are investigating is the issue of Tesla vehicles bursting into flames without any warning. Mr. Musk has been silent about reports of Teslas suddenly bursting into flames without any warning. Last May, three Tesla motor vehicles suddenly burst into flames. In Fort Lauderdale, a Tesla Model S randomly collided with a wall, and its battery caught on fire. Two of the Tesla's three passengers were hurled from the vehicle, and they tragically lost their lives. A third passenger sustained serious injuries.

In a different accident, a Tesla Model S in Salt Lake City crashed into a parked firetruck at around 60 MPH.

That same week, another Tesla motor vehicle burst into flames and tragically killed the 48-year-old driver, who burned to death because he was unable to open the vehicle's door.

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