- New video footage shows a crash on the Bay Bridge in San Francisco last November — the driver claims it was caused by Tesla’s Autopilot driver assist system.
- The driver told the CHP that their Tesla’s “full self-driving” mode was responsible for the crash, which injured nine and sent a child to the hospital.
- The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is investigating Tesla’s Autopilot system — paying particular attention to a tweet from Tesla CEO Elon Musk suggesting that the company would update its software.
Alarming new video footage released by The Intercept shows a major 8-car crash on the Bay Bridge in San Francisco that the driver claims was caused by Tesla’s Autopilot driver assist system this past November.
Tesla had just rolled out this feature in beta to North American drivers that month around Thanksgiving, which it had hailed as “a major milestone.”
The driver told the California Highway Patrol (CHP) that their Tesla’s “full self-driving” mode was responsible for the crash, which injured nine and sent a child to the hospital. The CHP has not confirmed whether that was the case, and only Tesla would possess that information.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is currently investigating Tesla’s Autopilot system, which has been involved in 273 known crashes between July 2021 and June 2022.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk has made the self-driving capabilities of the company’s cars a key selling point, describing them as the difference between Tesla being worth a lot of money or “worth basically zero.”
This focus on profit over safety is a concerning trend in the capitalist economy and highlights the need for greater regulation and oversight of new technologies in the transportation industry.
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