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Autonomous Driving Features Associated to Hundreds of Accidents in the US

Tesla vehicles equipped with Autopilot represent the bulk of these accidents which is to be expected

  • The NHTSA has accumulated 10 months of data.

  • It reveals that 392 incidents occurred while advanced driver-assistance technologies were in use.

The data collected by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, from July 1 of last year through May 15, shows that 392 accidents involved one type or another of advanced driver-assistance technologies.

The unfortunate news is that six of these automobile accidents resulted in deaths while five occupants were seriously injured. These types of technologies have become far more prevalent over the last few years however one car company stands above the rest.

Tesla has been at the forefront of self-driving and driver-assist technologies namely with its Autopilot with its Full Self Driving mode. Roughly 830,000 Tesla vehicles are equipped with the technology, far more than any other automaker, which helps explain why they are involved in more than 2/3 of the accidents.

“These technologies hold great promise to improve safety, but we need to understand how these vehicles are performing in real-world situations,” said Steven Cliff, the agency’s administrator as reported by the New York Times. “This will help our investigators quickly identify potential defect trends that emerge.”

The NHTSA’s report reveals that Honda vehicles were involved in 90 incidents while 10 were Subarus. With five or fewer incidents, we find Ford, GM, BMW, Volkswagen, Toyota, Hyundai, and Porsche.

The NHTSA will continue to gather data on advanced driver-assistance systems. What is required now is comparative data, as in, could an accident have been avoided had the technologies not been in use?

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Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai


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