Tesla Model S crashes into fire truck, kills driver
Occurred: February 2023
A Tesla Model S crashed into a fire engine on an Interstate highway in northern California, killing the driver of the Tesla and injuring the passenger and four firefighters.
The 2014 Tesla Model S drove into a fire engine that had been parked across the northbound lanes of the freeway in order to shield emergency responders who had been called to the scene of an earlier accident.
US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) investigators said they believe the Tesla was operating on Autopilot. If confirmed, this would be the latest in a series of collisions involving Teslas on Autopilot and stationary emergency vehicles.
Purpose: Automate steering, acceleration, braking
Technology: Driver assistance system
Issue: Accuracy/reliability; Safety
Transparency: Black box
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Published: April 2023