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Tesla Driver Blames Tesla's Auto Pilot for "Braked Unexpectedly" and Causing an Eight-Vehicle Pile-Up

December 27, 2022

A Tesla driver who allegedly caused an eight-car accident in the Bay Area reported to law enforcement authorities that his Tesla's Auto Pilot software "braked unexpectedly," which caused the eight-car pile-up.

According to the California Highway Patrol traffic accident report, the multi-vehicle accident occurred in San Francisco and resulted in nine people receiving medical treatment for accident injuries. The accident report also states that the multiple-vehicle accident occurred after Tesla failed to come to a stop. The California Highway Patrol traffic accident report showed that the Tesla was in the process of changing lanes and slowing to a stop for traffic. The California Highway Patrol did not confirm whether or not the vehicle's Auto Pilot was turned on at the time of the crash. One highway patrol spokesperson explained to CNN's reporters that they were not able to confirm that the Tesla was on Auto Pilot at the time of the crash. 

The multi-vehicle crash occurred on the I-80 east portion of the Bay Bridge. The incident report notes that the pile-up occurred a few hours after Tesla CEO Elon Musk proclaimed that "Full Self Driving" was now available to Tesla owners in North America who ordered it. 

The accident report states that the driver of the Tesla Model S was moving at approximately 55 mph, and as the Tesla moved into the far left traffic lane, the car braked abruptly. This caused a chain reaction accident with vehicles behind the Tesla who were traveling at highway speeds.

The NHTSA has launched several probes into the safety of Tesla's Autopilot, which came after several fatal motorcycle accidents. The first motorcycle accident happened along State Route 91 in Riverside, California. In that crash, a Model Y crashed into a Yamaha V-Star motorcycle that was driving ahead of the Tesla. The motorcyclist was ejected from his motorcycle and was tragically killed in the crash. 

In another motorcycle and Tesla accident that happened on Interstate 15 in Draper, Utah, a Tesla Model 3 was traveling behind a Harley-Davidson. The Tesla driver did not see the motorcycle and crashed into the back of the Harley-Davidson motorcycle. The operator of the motorcycle was thrown from his motorcycle and was killed. The Utah Department of Public Safety said that Tesla Autopilot was on at the time of the crash. 

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