Released (beta): October 2020
Occurred: November 2021
The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has reported the first crash of a Tesla using the company’s Full Self-Driving (FSD) beta software.
According to the report, the crash took place on November 3 in Brea, California, and involved a Model Y vehicle in FSD mode that crashed after mistakenly turning into the wrong lane. The Tesla was then struck, leading to the car being 'severely damaged' on the driver’s side.
Nobody was injured in the crash, according to the NHTSA.
Tesla’s FSD Beta testing programme has resulted in significant criticism with the company rolling out multiple updates as a result of reported bugs, a recall, and its decision to stifle untrained test drivers with NDAs.
Purpose: Automate steering, acceleration, braking
Technology: Self-driving system; Computer vision
Issue: Safety; Accuracy/reliability
Transparency: Black box; Legal
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Published: November 2021