The Tela vehicle crashed and killed 3 people in the state of California. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration sent a team to investigate whether Tesla used a partially autonomous driving system in this accident.
A special accident investigation team will investigate the May 12 Pacific Coast Highway crash in Newport Beach, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Wednesday.
The investigation is part of the agency's larger investigation into accidents involving complex driver assistance systems like Tesla's Autopilot. Since 2016, the agency has referred teams to 34 incidents where systems are, or are suspected, operational.
According to an NHTSA document released Wednesday, 34 out of 28 involved accidents involving Tesla vehicles. NHTSA is investigating 15 deaths and at least 15 injuries in accidents. According to the newspapers, 14 of the deaths were caused by Tesla accidents.
In addition to specific accidents, NHTSA is conducting investigations into Autopilot's Teslas crashing into emergency vehicles parked along highways, as well as Autopilot braking for no apparent reason.
Last June, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) ordered automakers to disclose accidents on public roads involving fully autonomous vehicles or vehicles with partially automated driver assistance systems.
Semi-autonomous technologies can protect a vehicle centered in its lane and at a safe distance from vehicles in front of it. According to NHTSA, data can reveal whether there are commonalities in device-related crashes.
On Wednesday, he asked Austin, Texas-based Tesla for comment. NHTSA does not comment beyond the publication of the document.
Tesla advises drivers using Autopilot or the "Full Self-Driving" system that the cars cannot drive themselves and should always be ready to intervene.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is also investigating two Volvo crashes, a Navya shuttle crash, two Cadillac crashes, a Lexus crash, and a Hyundai crash. In March 2018, an Uber autonomous test vehicle ran over and killed an Arizona pedestrian, making it one of Volvo's crashes.
Police were alerted to the Newport Beach incident at 12:45pm and discovered that a 2022 Tesla Model S vehicle crashed into the pavement and then collided with construction equipment on the south side of the road. According to police, two men and a woman were found dead in the car, while three construction workers were slightly injured. The Newport Beach Police Department's Major Accident Investigation Team was called.