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 with Tesla’s Autopilot driving software switched on.

Developer: Tesla
Country: USA
Sector: Automotive
Purpose: Automate steering, acceleration, braking
Technology: Driver assistance system
Issue: Accuracy/reliability; Safety
Transparency: Black box

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Type: Incident
Published: February 2023