Report: Tesla Semi-Autonomous Features Make Vehicles Less Safe
UNITED STATES – According to an online news story reported by rt.com, a new report suggests that the semi-autonomous features in Tesla vehicles make them less safe for drivers. Specifically, the Autosteer feature in Tesla vehicles might make them more prone to vehicle accidents, rather than reducing crashes, as the feature was intended to do.
A research report released by Quality Control Systems Corporation states that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration did not reach the right conclusions about data regarding the Autosteer feature. The agency launched an investigation after a fatal Tesla collision that occurred in 2016, in which a Tesla Model S crashed into a semi-truck while the vehicle was in Autopilot mode. The Tesla driver died in the crash.
NHTSA concluded after its investigation that Autosteer feature had reduced collisions by almost 40 percent in Tesla vehicles. However, the report from QCSC states that mileage time when Autosteer was installed in Tesla vehicles was not reported on more than half of the vehicles studied by NHTSA. The vehicles without exposure mileage measurements taken before and after installation of Autosteer in the NHTSA report actually had more vehicle crashes, not fewer, QCSC said.
In addition, QCSC said that NHTSA ignored exposure mileage on vehicles when it could not be traced as either before or after Autosteer installation. The report concluded that NHTSA did not correctly interpret crash rates. Tesla responded to the QCSC report saying that QCSC’s analysis represents only 0.5 percent of total Tesla mileage and 1 percent of mileage with Autosteer.
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