Occurred: January 2018
A Tesla Model S travelling at 65 mph crashed into the back of a stationary fire engine on a California highway.
No injuries were recorded. The driver claimed his car was on Autopilot at the time of the accident.
In August 2021, the US government announced it had opened a formal investigation into Tesla’s Autopilot after a series of collisions with parked emergency vehicles.
Purpose: Automate steering, acceleration, braking
Technology: Driver assistance system
Issue: Safety; Accuracy/reliability
Transparency: Black box
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Published: December 2021