According to reports, prior to this, the US Transportation Agency has investigated a total of 23 car accidents involving automated driving systems . Regulatory authorities suspect that the automated driving system was in the on mode when an accident occurred. Of all the 23 accidents, 14 involved electric vehicles produced by Tesla.
Tesla, is a leading company in the field of pure electric and autonomous vehicles in the world. Its recent market value even exceeds the total of Ford and General Motors. However, due to the “too many” applications of autonomous driving technology, traffic accidents involving electric vehicles have become the focus of investigation by the US government.
According to our sources, on Wednesday night, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (hereinafter referred to as the “Transportation Authority”) said that it would investigate a fatal accident in Indiana on December 29, in which a Tesla electric car hit a fire truck parked on the highway.
Indiana State Police stated in a statement on December 29 that an accident had occurred near the scene earlier. This fire truck came to participate in emergency rescue. The fire truck was flashing at the time. An emergency light, parked on the left lane of Interstate 70, approximately 72 kilometers west of Indianapolis.
According to a statement, the 23-year-old wife of a Tesla electric vehicle driver died of injuries at the hospital following the crash. The 25-year-old driver was injured. No firefighter was injured in the accident.
Indiana police said that as part of the investigation, they plan to simulate the entire crash that occurred around 8 am. In addition, preliminary investigations showed that the traffic accident ruled out the possibility of drug use or alcohol consumption by the driver.
The US Transportation Agency did not specify whether the Autopilot developed by Tesla was used in the accident.
According to foreign media reports, prior to this, the US Transportation Agency has investigated a total of 23 car accidents involving autonomous driving systems or assisted driving systems. Regulatory authorities suspect that the autonomous driving system was in the on mode when an accident occurred. Of all the 23 accidents, 14 involved electric vehicles produced by Tesla.
As we all know, the current automotive industry and technology companies around the world have set off a wave of research and development of autonomous driving technologies, but most companies are more cautious about the application of new technologies. A large number of companies are still in the testing and improvement stage. Tesla and Google Brothers Waymo appear more aggressive.
Tesla has deployed an autonomous driving system in all electric vehicles, and currently has initially implemented some assisted driving functions, which is at the level of “second-level autonomous driving”. Tesla requires drivers to put their hands on the steering wheel when turning on the automatic driving mode, and pay close attention to road conditions and other passers-by. In reality, however, some drivers have cheated, such as using a fruit clip on the steering wheel to turn an electric car into a “fully self-driving car.”
Tesla has encountered some criticism before, saying that the name of “Autopilot” makes consumers mistakenly think that the vehicle can drive automatically, and it has caused dangerous accidents. In addition, U.S. lawmakers also said that Tesla must suspend the automatic driving function before completely eliminating the possibility of cheating by drivers.
In addition to Tesla, Waymo has commercialized unmanned taxis. Many vehicles are not equipped with backup drivers, and this service is preparing to expand to other cities in the United States.
In the past many years, a large number of accidents have occurred around Tesla vehicles, some involving the spontaneous combustion of battery systems, and some related to the aforementioned automatic driving systems.
Tesla crashes frequently
On the last day of last year, the US Transportation Agency announced that it would launch an investigation into a fatal accident in Southern California on December 29 in a Tesla electric vehicle.
According to a local TV report, the accident occurred at a location in San Francisco County, California. The Tesla electric vehicle left Highway 91, hit a red light, and crashed into a Honda Civic sedan manufactured in 2006. Two passengers on board were killed.
Police said two people on Tesla’s electric car were injured but were not life-threatening.
The US Transportation Agency has not yet determined whether Tesla’s autonomous driving system was activated in the accident.
Also in mid-December, the US Transportation Agency announced that it would launch an investigation into a rear-end collision of a Tesla electric vehicle in Connecticut a week ago. This is the 12th investigation of Tesla’s electric vehicles by the US Transportation Agency.
It is alleged that the accident happened on Interstate 95 on December 7th. A Model 3 manufactured by Tesla in 2018 rear-ended a stationary police car. At that time, a car accident occurred on this section of the road, and a police car was being processed to help the accident vehicle wait for the trailer to come. After the Tesla electric car crashed into a police car, it also ran into another vehicle that had an accident.
The Tesla driver said that the vehicle had activated the self-driving mode at that time, and he was watching the dogs in the back seat before the crash.