According to data from U.S. auto safety regulators, Tesla is leading all self-driving cars in reported crashes for this last year. There have been many concerned parties expressing their grief over the high number.
Since July 2021, there have been 273 vehicle crashes using advanced self-driving systems. The 273 vehicle crashes do not include non-self-reported crashes. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) stepped in recently to voice its concerns about the data. Now, car companies, like Tesla, have been ordered to hand all vehicle accident reports involving self-driving programs to NHTSA directly.
Since these driving technologies are still new and developing, there is limited data to test their safety and reliability. With these concerns, lawmakers and representatives like Markey and Blumenthal are asking self-driving and driving assistant car companies to prioritize safety.
So far, there have been 392 reported crashes using advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), and out of these reports, sadly, six deaths were confirmed. These programs are being questioned for safety and reliability reasons. Recently, 830,000 Tesla vehicles were upgraded to include self-driving and auto-driving software, which representatives and NHTSA are wary of as there is potential to increase the number of crashes.
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