Tesla has been receiving a lot of flak lately for safety issues with their cars. The company is now being asked to provide more information after one of their vehicles crashed into a fire truck. It’s unclear if this was an isolated incident or if Tesla is having problems with other vehicles as well.
Tesla’s advanced driver assistance systems had been in development for years and were still in beta, giving the company little assurance that they were completely safe. The Beta feature enabled the Tesla to keep a lane and adjust speed, but it was not able to avoid accidents altogether. The NTSB is looking into whether this system played a role in the fatal crash of a Model S owner who was using Autopilot at the time of their crash.
The Contra Costa County fire department’s tweet asking road users to slow down and move over when approaching emergency vehicles is a common safety practice. By following these guidelines, drivers can stay safe while helping the fire department with their work.
The Tesla that was struck by the truck blocked traffic on I-680, causing a chain reaction crash that led to the death of the driver and serious injuries to the passenger. The four firefighters who were transported also suffered serious injuries, but are expected to make a full recovery.
The Tesla that crashed yesterday was not just totaled in the accident, but it also set off the airbags. This photo, taken a few seconds after the crash,shows one of the car’s overturned seats and smashed electric screen. The wreckage is still smoking following the incident.
Tesla’s electric cars can sometimes be a dangerous choice for drivers. In this instance, the truck that was struck by a Tesla while blocking I-680 lanes from a previous accident was pronounced dead on-scene. Three firefighters also transported for evaluation.
In the age of global warming, worsening fires are becoming more common in Southern California. The Contra Costa Fire Department, part of the Bay Area entity known as CalFire, has seen an increase in these types of disasters over the past few
NHTSA’s recent spate of investigations into Teslas involving Autopilot has raised some eyebrows, with many questioning whether or not the technology was actually responsible for any of the crashes. While it is still unclear exactly how many accidents were caused by Autopilot, NHTSA’s data shows that the technology was suspected in roughly one-third of all Tesla crashes during this timeframe – a significantly higher number than what is reported for other popular brands.
The recent fatal Tesla crash brings to light the risk that FSD software could allow the vehicles to act unsafe around intersections, which in turn could cause crashes. Tesla has now recalled 362,758 of its vehicles in order to update their FSD software. Despite this recall, it’s clear that there is still a lot of work left to be done in terms of fully addressing the safety risks posed by Tesla’s cars.
Tesla’s Autopilot and FSD could be in trouble with the Department of Justice. The request for information may be related to a criminal investigation into Tesla. This could cause problems for the company as regulators continue to look into the safety of ADAS technology.