Tesla Model Y crashes into tractor-trailer
Occurred: April 2021
A Tesla Model Y drove through an intersection in Detroit, struck a tractor-trailer and became wedged beneath it, tearing the roof off the car and critically injuring a passenger.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said it was sending a team to investigate the 'violent' incident. Detroit police said they did not believe Autopilot was in use during the crash.
In two incidents in 2016 and 2019, Teslas had also driven beneath tractor-trailers in Florida, causing two deaths. In both crashes, the cars were being driven while using Tesla’s Autopilot driving software.
Purpose: Automate steering, acceleration, braking
Technology: Driver assistance system
Issue: Accuracy/reliability; Safety
Transparency: Black box
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Published: February 2023