NHTSA probing fatal Tesla crash in Gardena
Tragic crashes like this one involving the Tesla Model S, has prompted the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to investigate the vehicle's cutting-edge autopilot. ABC News screen grab. NHTSB probing mounting traffic collisions involving faulty autopilot
Tragic crashes like this one involving the Tesla Model S, has prompted the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to investigate the vehicle’s cutting-edge autopilot. ABC News screen grab.
NHTSB probing mounting traffic collisions involving faulty autopilot systems in the Tesla Model S
GARDENA (MNS) – A fatal crash between a Tesla Model S and a Honda Civic last Dec. 29, has spurred an investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
The feds are investigating whether or not the deadly crash involved Tesla Autopilot technology. NHTSA has investigated 13 crashes in which Tesla’s Autopilot feature was believed to be a factor, and there have been other investigations by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).
According to the Associated Press, a black 2016 Model S was allegedly speeding in Gardena,, when after exiting the 91 Freeway, it ran a red light and crashed into a black 2006 Honda Civic, killing its two occupants, a 40-year-old man and a 39-year-old woman, whose names were withheld at press time pending notification of next of kin.
Officers responded to the incident at Vermont Avenue and Artesia Boulevard around 12:45 a.m., said Capt. Jon Pinto with the Los Angeles Police Department.
According to Pinto, the male driver of the Tesla exited the westbound 91 Freeway at Artesia Boulevard at a high speed when he failed to stop at a red light and smashed into a Honda Civic at the intersection.
The driver of the Tesla, who was not arrested, and a passenger, both believed to be in their 30s, were transported to a local hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening, authorities said.
The cause of this particular accident is unknown, as there is no official word that the vehicle’s semi-automated autopilot driving feature was engaged during this crash.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has investigated a string of Tesla Autopilot accidents – several of them fatal – since 2016.
Metropolis News Service.