Self-Driving Cars Linked to Hundreds of Crashes

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Self-Driving Cars Linked to Hundreds of Crashes

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently made available its first set of statistics regarding semi-autonomous driving technologies. The data from NHTSA shows that between July 1, 2021, and May 15, 2022, there have been 397 crashes linked to self-driving and driver assistance systems. In this article, we’ll be explaining how self-driving cars linked to hundreds of crashes:

Tesla Self-Driving Linked to Crashes

According to the NHTSA, 70% of those 397 crashes happened because of Tesla vehicles. Tesla vehicles caused a total of 273 accidents by using Autopilot or the Full Self-Driving beta, compared to 90 incidences involving Honda automobiles, and 10 accidents involving Subaru models. Ford, GM, VW, and Toyota were among the other vehicles with five or fewer accidents.

💡To learn more, read “Tesla Autopilot under investigation following crash that killed three people.”

Out of the 98 crashes with injury reports, 11 resulted in serious injuries. Five of the Tesla mishaps resulted in deaths.

Standing General Order Mandates Automakers to Report Crashes to the NHTSA

The conclusions follow a Standing General Order mandating automakers and drivers to notify the NHTSA of crashes when Level 2 or greater autonomy is in use at the time of the occurrence. In addition to legislation and education, the transportation department thinks the information would assist a “more data-driven approach” to safely deploying self-driving technology.

Working Towards Safety with Self-Driving Vehicles

The data doesn’t provide any conclusions, as administration chief Steven Cliff informed the media. For example, there are over 830,000 Teslas with Autopilot in the US. However, Teslas may dominate incident reports simply because they are some of the most popular semi-autonomous vehicles in the US.

This information may not provide any conclusions, but it does draw attention to the numerous crashes. The NHTSA, NTSB, and other administrations want a greater knowledge of real-world safety issues before adopting autonomous driving, even though businesses like Tesla have long contended that their driver assistance is safer than human control.


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