Tesla is mostly responsible for US driver-assist crashes, but there is a caveat

The U.S. government agency responsible for road safety reported 392 crashes between July 2021 and May 2022, responsible for the SAE Level 2 driver-assisted active safety function.

This Level 2 ADAS reports two-thirds of incidents, or 273 correctly involving Teslas, although there is a caution as to why the brand is responsible for so many accidents. It is followed by Honda (90) and Subaru (10).

No other automaker has reported more than 10 ADAS crashes during this period.

During the same period, the company reported 130 accidents involving vehicles using more advanced assistive driving or self-driving assistants (SAE level 3-5). About half (62) of these have been reported by parents of the autonomous ride-hailing service Wemo LLC, a subsidiary of Alphabet Inc., Google.

Examples of Level 2 ADAS functions are lane-centering assistance and adaptive cruise control, while Level 3-5 sections have more autonomous ride-hailing shuttle vehicles, which are not currently sold to general customers due to legal restrictions.

We will focus on Level 2 staff here because it represents what roads are legal, and what Australian buyers can achieve with their new cars.

The data collected after the issuance of a permanent general order from has been compiled US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)About a year ago.

It instructed car manufacturers and relevant operators to report accidents involving vehicles using various driver-assistance functions on public roads, due to the rapid rollout of these technologies.

Crashes involving a Level 2 ADAS-equipped vehicle are considered reportable if any feature is used at any time within 30 seconds of the accident and the accident is a
As a result of the risky road user, or a fatal or injury, vehicle to-away, or the installation of airbags.

NHTSA data reported 392 Level 2 ADAS crash periods, with 258 details coming from onboard telematics, while another 139 came from complaints or claims. A small number of data sources include police reports, media reports and test incidents.

Six fatalities, five serious injuries, 22 moderate injuries and 19 minor injuries were recorded.

However, before reading much about the abundance of Tesla incidents, NHTSA warned that there are data limitations, stating that “crash data recording and telemetry capabilities can be greatly altered by manufacturers and driving automation systems”.

“Because of the differences in data recording and telemetry capabilities, brief incident report data should not be considered statistically representative of all crashes,” it says.

“For example, a Level 2 ADAS-equipped car manufacturer with enhanced data access.
Recording and telemetry limited can report more number of crashes than one manufacturer
Access, due to subsequent reliance on conventional crash reporting processes.

“… some manufacturers may access much larger amounts of crash data almost immediately after a crash due to their advanced data recording and telemetry.”

Jennifer Homendi, chair of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), spoke on the issue, saying: Reuters That “Tesla collects a large amount of high-quality data, which may mean that they have been over-represented in the NHTSA disclosure”.

Further, NHTSA adds that these data points are not normalized by the number of vehicles deployed by a manufacturer or the kilometers traveled by the vehicle.

“That information is with the manufacturers and is not currently being reported to the NHTSA. Therefore, these data cannot be used to compare manufacturers’ safety against each other, “said Body.

At the same time, Tesla’s optional driver assistant software ‘Full Self Driving’ has created confusion about the ability of dubbed vehicles and has been criticized accordingly.

As reported by again ReutersDemocrat Senators Ed Markey and Richard Blumenthal told the NHTSA that “disclosing data alone is not enough. We urge the NHTSA to raise the necessary light on the industry beyond this control and to impose railroads to prevent more serious accidents.”

More: Tesla Model X driver blames autopilot for Melbourne crash – report

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.