Tesla self-driving software blamed in Thanksgiving Day crash
Elon Musk, Tesla CEO, is in another heap of trouble.
"The Tesla Model S that braked sharply, triggering an eight-car pileup in San Francisco on Thanksgiving Day, reportedly had Elon Musk’s Autopilot 'full self-driving' software engaged at the time of the crash," reports Breitbart.
Breitbart News reported that "nine people, including a 2-year-old child, were hurt in an eight-vehicle crash caused by a Tesla Model S on Thanksgiving Day on the San Francisco Bay Bridge. The collision happened as the car abruptly changed lanes and stopped in the bridge’s far-left lane."
Video footage can be seen here:
I obtained surveillance footage of the self-driving Tesla that abruptly stopped on the Bay Bridge, resulting in an eight-vehicle crash that injured 9 people including a 2 yr old child just hours after Musk announced the self-driving feature.
— Ken Klippenstein (@kenklippenstein) January 10, 2023
The Tesla Model S had Tesla’s "full self-driving" software enabled when the crash happened, according to recently released data from the federal government.
The vehicle suddenly slowed to 7 mph on the highway at the time of the crash.
"The Tesla’s driver told authorities that the vehicle’s 'full self-driving' software braked unexpectedly triggering the pileup. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced at the time that it was sending a special crash investigation team to examine the accident. The agency usually conducts such investigations into approximately 100 crashes per year," reports Breitbart.
"The crash happened just hours after Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced that the full self-driving system was available to anyone in North America who requested it and paid for the feature," reports Breitbart. "The feature is designed to keep up with traffic, steer within a lane, and follow traffic signals, and despite the 'full-self driving' name, it is required that human drivers be prepared to take control at any moment."