Tesla driver blames fully self-driving software for car crash • The Register

A serious accident on the Bay Bridge in San Francisco was blamed by the driver on Tesla’s “Full Self-Driving” software, and the US government is investigating.

The collision occurred around noon on Thanksgiving Day on the Bay Area’s second-most famous bridge when the Tesla Model S reportedly suddenly slowed from the prescribed 55 mph to just 12 mph, resulting in multiple shunts involving seven other cars were involved. The incident happened at 12:40 p.m. in the Yerba Buena Tunnel – the world’s largest bore tunnel.

“He just suddenly stopped,” an observer told local media. “There was nowhere to go back then.”

Nine people were injured, one of whom had to be taken to hospital. Footage of the episodes can be seen below.

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A California Highway Patrol report viewed by CNN says the driver reported that the car was in “fully self-driving” mode at the time of the accident. Police and investigators from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) are investigating the incident, which blocked two lanes of the bridge for hours and required four ambulances to move the victims away.

Police are investigating whether the controversial so-called “Full Self-Driving” software was activated and possibly the cause of the crash. Tesla will, of course, have full records, although its CEO seems to have other things on his mind right now. Despite this, Tesla has promised a full internal investigation.

The timing of the accident wasn’t ideal for Tesla, as it came less than a day after CEO Elon Musk pledged to make the beta of its full self-driving software available to any driver with a Tesla who can run it. Previously, the use of the software was limited to selected customers with good driving performance.

“Tesla Full Self-Driving Beta is now available to anyone in North America who requests it through the car screen, provided you’ve purchased that option,” Twitter’s new owner said said. “Congratulations to the Tesla Autopilot/AI team on reaching an important milestone!”

Tesla is reportedly under investigation by the US Department of Justice for allegedly misleading drivers about the effectiveness of its self-driving software. Data from the NHTSA claims that Tesla vehicles are responsible for over 70 percent of accidents involving advanced driver-assisted software – although the Musketeer’s cars are hugely popular and ahead of the game in introducing such code to the roads.

There have been numerous instances of people overestimating the intelligence of such software and even recording videos of themselves engaging in NSFW activities with the cars driving independently. It seems Tesla can’t get around this pesky layer eight issue. ®

https://www.theregister.com/2022/12/23/tesla_driver_software_crash/ Tesla driver blames fully self-driving software for car crash • The Register

Rick Schindler

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