Tesla driver says ‘self-driving’ tech took control and caused crash

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US safety regulators are investigating a complaint by a Tesla driver who says the car’s “full self-driving” software took control and performed an unsafe maneuver, resulting in a serious accident.

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Earlier this month, a 2021 Tesla Model Y small SUV owned by a woman in Bray, Calif., veered into the wrong lane and was hit by another driver.

The complaint states that no one was injured in the software-driven car accident on November 3, but the car was seriously damaged on the driver’s side.

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According to a complaint filed by the driver of the vehicle with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the driver testing the SUV received an alert halfway from the car and the driver tried to turn the wheel to avoid other traffic.

However, the driver said she was unable to regain control and the car proceeded to forcefully enter a wrong lane, “making an unsafe maneuver putting everyone at risk”, the complaint read.

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The driver wrote, “The car went in the wrong lane and I was hit by another driver in the street next to mine.”

This is reportedly the first incident of a glitch in Tesla’s “full self-driving” software that resulted in an accident and potentially put the driver’s life at risk.

Tesla has yet to comment on the incident. The world’s most valuable car company dissolved its public relations department last year, and did not respond to a message left by the Associated Press requesting a response to the complaint.

The Traffic Safety Authority said it was aware of the accident. “NHTSA is aware of the consumer complaint and is in contact with the manufacturer to gather additional information,” an NHTSA spokesperson said Friday.

Tesla, which recalled about 12,000 vehicles earlier this month, says “autopilot” and “full self-driving” are driver-assistance systems and can’t drive themselves, despite their names.

The company had said that the drivers driving the car will have to be ready to intervene at any time.

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