Tesla’s Autopilot Causing Accidents and Injuries

It seems Tesla is back in the news again. And it’s not good news. Apparently the electric car manufacturer is under investigation as their cars are being reported responsible for causing accidents into emergency first-responder vehicles.

Federal safety regulators are investigating at least 11 accidents involving Tesla cars. Each Tesla automobile was using a feature called “Autopilot” that put the car in autonomous mode (meaning the car was driving itself).

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration released information regarding these accidents and stated that seven of the accidents resulted in 17 injuries and one death.

The accidents occurred over a 3-1/2 year period from January 2018 to July 2021 and all happened after nightfall. The accidents occurred as the Tesla owners approached post-accident scenes involving first-responder vehicles, flashing lights and road cones.

According to Tesla’s website…

“Autopilot is an advanced driver assistance system that assists your car with steering, accelerating and braking for other vehicles and pedestrians within its lane. They assist with the most burdensome parts of driving and work alongside features like emergency braking, collision warning and blind-spot monitoring.”


Unfortunately, either the computers controlling the autopilot cannot adjust to flashing lights of a nighttime accident or the feature hasn’t evolved enough to be used at night. And since it seems this is a recurring problem that has the attention of the NHTSA, you would think Tesla would make adjustments to this feature.

However, if you clicked the link above to learn more about Tesla, you might notice that the feature in question makes Tesla lots of money. In fact, when you calculate the monthly fee by the number of Tesla owners who elect to have autopilot the amount is in the millions per month.

Tesla, like many auto manufacturers, has put profit over safety and has shown a history of disregard to human life with the continued advertisement and use of their autopilot feature.

Tesla’s attorneys might argue that the use of such feature is the sole responsibility of the driver of such vehicle, however knowing that feature has caused accidents and could continue to cause future accidents, if I was a betting man I would say Tesla instead of removing the feature will just add a warning for the driver that pops up prior to engaging the feature. Something like… “Engaging the autopilot of this vehicle is the sole responsibility of the driver and by activating it you indemnify Tesla in any accident or injury caused by using this feature.”

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