Tesla’s Autopilot system—which, opposite to its title, doesn’t allow the automotive to drive itself—has been concerned in an accident but once more. This time, a 2019 Tesla Model 3 with Autopilot activated crashed into two parked automobiles on the facet of a freeway close to downtown Orlando in Florida.
Early Saturday morning, a 27-year-old Model 3 driver crashed right into a parked Florida Highway Patrol automotive, the Associated Press reported. The freeway patrol officer had stopped to assist one other driver who was having bother with their automobile when the Model 3 bumped into the cruiser. It barely missed the freeway patrol officer, who had stepped out of his automotive. The Model 3 then proceeded to collide with the opposite parked automobile.
Fortunately, there have been no fatalities on account of the crash. The 27-year-old Model 3 driver and the motive force of the opposite automotive receiving help sustained minor accidents. Meanwhile, the freeway patrol officer was unharmed, in accordance with the AP.
Officials are nonetheless investigating the reason for the crash. CNBC points out that it has not but been decided whether or not Tesla’s Autopilot brought on or contributed to the accident.
Gizmodo reached out to Tesla for touch upon Saturday however didn’t obtain a response by the point of publication. Considering that Tesla disbanded its public relations staff final yr, it’s unlikely we’ll get a response, however we’ll ensure to replace this weblog if we do.
The newest crash involving Tesla’s Autopilot comes practically two weeks after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened an investigation into the corporate’s assisted driving system. Specifically, it is going to deal with 11 incidents relationship again to 2018 in which Tesla automobiles with Autopilot or cruise management activated crashed into parked emergency automobiles. The incidents resulted in 17 accidents and one demise.
The NHTSA’s investigation will cowl Tesla automobiles manufactured between 2014 and 2021, together with the Tesla Model Y, Model X, Model S, and Model 3, which complete roughly 756,000 automobiles.
Although the company is simply investigating crashes involving emergency automobiles, Tesla’s Autopilot system has been concerned in quite a few incidents in which drivers haven’t been giving the automotive their full consideration. Some drivers have been discovered drunk and asleep on the wheel. Others have crashed as a result of they had been taking a look at their telephones.
Besides the NHTSA, Tesla could have one other company’s consideration on it in the long run. Shortly after the NHTSA revealed its investigation, Democratic Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Ed Markey asked Federal Trade Commission Chairwoman Lina Khan to look into the corporate’s “potentially deceptive and unfair” advertising and promoting practices for its driving automation methods.
In their letter, the senators rightly level out that Tesla’s Autopilot and Full Self-Driving options are solely partially automated and that there are not any automobiles available on the market that may drive themselves right now.
“Understanding these limitations is essential, for when drivers’ expectations exceed their vehicle’s capabilities, serious and fatal accidents can and do result,” Blumenthal and Markey wrote.