‘Self-driving’ Tesla malfunction blamed for eight-car pile-up

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Nine people were slightly injured in the accident, including a child who was taken to hospital (Image: William Van Aacken/Jukin Media)

A The Tesla driver blames the Full Self-Driving (FSD) software on his Tesla for causing an eight-car pile-up in California last month.

According to a police report obtained by CNN Business, the driver of a 2021 Tesla Model S told California authorities that the vehicle was in “full self-driving mode” when the technology failed.

A police report was released Wednesday detailing the accident, which happened on Thanksgiving Day last month.

According to the report, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) reviewed tunnel footage and found that a Tesla made an unsafe lane change before abruptly slowing from 55 mph to 20 mph – causing vehicles behind to collide.

In the report, the driver of the Tesla blamed his car’s Full Self-Driving software for alleged malfunctions and a sudden slowdown.

However, police were unable to determine whether the FSD software was operational and verify the driver’s claim.

Nine people were slightly injured in the accident and two children were hospitalized.

The incident is just the latest in a series of Tesla-related accidents being investigated by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

This particular crash came hours after its owner, Elon Musk, said Tesla would make FSD software available to anyone in North America who requests it. Previously, the software was only available to drivers with high safety scores.

Tesla’s FSD software is sold as a $15,000 add-on to the vehicle itself, but is subject to legal, regulatory, and public scrutiny.

The police report states that if the FSD malfunctioned, the driver should have manually taken control.

Tesla claims its advanced self-driving technology requires “active driver monitoring” and that its vehicles “are not autonomous,” but critics say the company overstates the power of its features.

“Elon Musk’s approach to road safety is reckless and extremely dangerous,” said Dan O’Dowd, founder of The Dawn Project, a tech safety group. “The Dawn Project’s tests showed that Tesla Full Self-Driving ran over a child at a school crosswalk, avoided oncoming vehicles, speeded in school areas with children present, and ran over a stroller.”

“Yet Elon Musk decided to make Tesla’s Full Self-Driving available to “everyone in North America” ​​despite being aware of hundreds of critical security flaws.”

Musk’s car company is already on thin ice as the US federal safety agency investigates his autopilot system after a series of accidents.

Just this year, a Tesla crashed into a building and caused nearly £286,692 in damage, while another self-driving Tesla crashed into a £1.5million private jet while being ‘called out’.

Recent research has shown that 58% of UK residents feel uncomfortable using self-driving cars, while 55% of them do not feel safe sharing the road with them.

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https://metro.co.uk/2022/12/23/self-driving-tesla-malfunction-blamed-for-eight-car-pileup-17989294/ 'Self-driving' Tesla malfunction blamed for eight-car pile-up

Justin Scacco

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