273 times involved in the United States
Despite driving assistance, Teslas cause numerous accidents
The U.S. Department of Transportation is investigating how many accidents involve vehicles with activated driver assistance and which brands are particularly affected. Tesla clearly leads the rankings, but the group also supplies the most vehicles. CEO Musk has always promoted the system.
In the United States, autopilot-controlled Teslas have been involved in 273 accidents in the past 12 months. This represents nearly 70 percent of the 392 reported accidents involving cars with such a driver assistance system during the period, according to a report by the US traffic agency NHTSA. However, the electric car maker also has the largest fleet of self-driving vehicles in the United States.
The NHTSA report includes accidents reported between July 2021 and mid-May 2022 involving cars with a Level 2 driver assistance system. This means that the vehicle can accelerate, brake and steer independently, but the driver must remain alert. . The autopilot had to be activated in the 30 seconds before the accident.
In addition, only accidents involving a pedestrian, cyclist or motorcyclist were considered, or if there was a death or if someone had to be hospitalized, or if the airbag was activated or the vehicle had to be towed. Last summer, the NHTSA forced automakers to report such incidents. Of the 11 manufacturers listed, Honda-branded cars have had 90 accidents, the second highest number reported after Tesla.
Accidents involving self-driving Teslas have repeatedly made headlines in the past. Just last week, the NHTSA expanded an investigation into the electric car maker’s autopilot system. Tesla boss Elon Musk says driver assistance reduces the risk of accidents.