Federal agency sends team to investigate Tesla crash that killed 3

The US government’s highway safety agency sent a team to investigate the possibility that a Tesla involved in a crash in California that killed three people was operating with a partially automated driving system.

DETROIT – The U.S. government highway safety agency has sent a team to investigate the possibility that a Tesla involved in a crash in California that killed three people was operating with a partially automated driving system.

The investigation is part of a broader agency investigation into accidents involving advanced driver assistance systems, such as Tesla Autopilot. Since 2016, the agency has sent teams to 34 accidents where the systems were in use or suspected to be working. Of the 34, 28 involved Teslas, according to an NHTSA document released Wednesday.

Fifteen people died in the crashes NHTSA is investigating, and at least 15 more were injured. Of the deaths, 14 occurred in crashes involving Teslas, the documents say.

In addition to specific crashes, the NHTSA has ongoing investigations into Teslas on autopilot crashing into parked emergency vehicles along roadways, as well as an investigation into autopilot braking for no apparent reason.

Last June, the NHTSA required automakers to report any crashes on public roads involving fully autonomous vehicles or those with partially automated driver assistance systems. Partially automated systems can keep a vehicle centered in its lane and at a safe distance from vehicles in front of it. NHTSA says the data can show if there are common patterns in crashes involving the systems.

A message seeking comment was left on Wednesday from Tesla, which is based in Austin, Texas. NHTSA did not comment beyond publication of the document.

Tesla is warning drivers using Autopilot, as well as its “full autonomous driving” system, that cars cannot drive themselves and drivers must be ready to intervene at all times.

NHTSA is also investigating two accidents involving Volvos, one Navya ferry accident, two involving Cadillacs, one in a Lexus and one in a Hyundai. One of the Volvo accidents was an Uber autonomous test vehicle that struck and killed an Arizona pedestrian in March 2018.

In the Newport Beach accident, police were called around 12:45 a.m. and it was discovered that a 2022 Tesla Model S sedan had crashed into a curb and then struck construction equipment on the south side of the road. .

Authorities found two men and a woman dead in the car, and three construction workers suffered minor injuries, according to police.

The Newport Beach Police Department said it brought in its Major Accident Investigation Team.

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