Hundreds of Car Accidents Linked to Driver-Assistance Technology

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released data revealing nearly 400 crashes in the United States from July 2021 to May 2022 involved advanced driver-assist systems. Tesla vehicles accounted for almost 70% of the 392 reported collisions.

The accidents resulted in six fatalities. Federal safety officials explained that the statistics from the past 10 months will be used to identify potential defect trends and determine how driver-assistance technology is affecting the safety of vehicles.

Advanced driver-assistance systems can control many of a vehicle’s driving functions such as steering, lane-centering, braking, and accelerating. Safety experts are concerned because these systems enable drivers to relinquish active control of the vehicle. Therefore, drivers may be unprepared to take control quickly when the technology malfunctions or cannot handle a particular situation. Various automakers only allow the systems to be used on designated highways, whereas other automakers, including Tesla, allow for broader use on local streets.

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