The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has opened an investigation into 30 road accidents involving Tesla vehicles that have occurred since 2016, resulting in the death of ten people. This is reported by Reuters with reference to the department that provided the agency with a list with a description of the accident. This is the first time that a US regulator has provided the agency with a full report of all accidents involving vehicles believed to be on autopilot at the time of the incident.
Eight out of 30 investigations have been launched since March this year. Among them is the tragic accident on April 17 in Texas, which killed two people. According to police, no one was driving the Tesla at the time of the accident.
A check of the circumstances of all 30 accidents found that in three of them, the Tesla car involved in them did not have autopilot mode enabled. It was also found that in at least three road accidents that resulted in the death of people, Tesla vehicles had this mode enabled. Tesla did not respond to the agency’s inquiries in connection with the data obtained from NHTSA.
In addition, Reuters received information on six more investigations into accidents involving other brands of vehicles with autopilot enabled. So, in two cases we are talking about Cadillac cars, in other cases they were Lexus RX450H, Navya Arma and two Volvo XC90 cars, one of which participated in testing the Uber Technologies autopilot in Arizona in 2018 and knocked down a woman to death.