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A Look Back at Autonomous Vehicle Collisions

March 08, 2019

An online story from takes a look back at some of the more tragic vehicle collisions that have happened recently involving autonomous vehicles and autonomous technology.

January 2016 – In January 2016, a man who was driving a Tesla Model S was killed in a collision in the Hebei province of China. The vehicle was in Autopilot mode, which is a semi-autonomous driving feature, and the Tesla rear-ended a road sweeper. 

May 2016 – In May 2016, a 40-year-old man was killed when the Tesla Model S that he was driving in Florida crashed into the back of a truck. The crash occurred at full speed, and Tesla stated that the vehicle’s object detection system did not differentiate the white truck from the sky. 

March 2018 – In March 2018, a 49-year-old woman was killed in a collision with an autonomous vehicle owned by Uber. The woman was walking across a roadway in Arizona, and the Uber vehicle struck her. Investigation revealed that the automatic braking system in the vehicle had been deactivated by Uber. 

March 2018 – Also in March 2018, a man was killed when his Tesla Model X crashed into a concrete wall on an interstate in California. The Tesla was operating in Autopilot mode at the time, and Tesla said the feature performed as intended. Tesla said the system is not designed to be fully autonomous.  

May 2018 – In May 2018, two teenagers were killed when their Tesla Model S struck a concrete wall on a roadway in Florida. A third teenager was also seriously injured in the wreck. It is still not clear if the vehicle was in Autopilot mode at the time.

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