Data Reveals Tesla Was Operating on Autopilot During Fatal Motorcycle Collision in August

By B.N. Frank

Experts continue to warn that all autonomous vehicles (AVs) create problems.  In regard to Tesla vehicles, they have been and continue to be associated with numerous security (see 1, 2, 3) and safety issues, some of which have led to accidents, lawsuits, recalls, and investigations (see 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21).

In August 2022, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) started new Telsa investigations due to fatal accidents involving motorcyclists that occurred the month before.  Then another motorcyclist was fatally injured during a Tesla collision that month!  Recently, data confirmed that the Tesla in the fatal August motorcycle collision was also operating on Autopilot.

From ZeroHedge:

Autopilot Was Engaged Before Rear-Ending Motorcycle In Fatal August Collision, New Tesla Crash Data Reveals

by Tyler Durden

There has been yet another grim development involving Tesla’s Autopilot and motorcycles – a disturbing trend we first started pointing out months ago when we talked about two incidents that occurred this summer.

Well it turns out there was a third incident this summer that hasn’t yet been reportedly on widely, mostly because authorities were unsure of the details. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is already reportedly “gathering information” on the incident, according to CNN.

But on Monday, driver crash assist data that automakers are forced to report in such incidents was finally published and confirmed that Autopilot was engaged during the incident. 

The incident involved Ingrid Eva Noon, the report says, who was riding her motorcycle in Palm Beach County, Florida at 2:11 a.m. on August 26.

An impaired driver who had Tesla’s Autopilot engaged hit the back of the motorcycle, throwing her “onto the Tesla’s windshield and killing her”, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s office.

Motorcycle advocates have claimed that “recent crashes suggest the Tesla system is insufficient”, according to the CNN report. They are concerned that “the software fails to see motorcycles and lulls Tesla drivers into a sense of complacency and inattentiveness” and that “the government’s vehicle safety regulations do not adequately protect motorcycle riders”.

Rob Dingman, President and CEO, American Motorcyclist Association, commented to CNN: “Motorcyclists have long been told by crash-causing inattentive drivers, ‘Sorry, I didn’t see you.’ Now we are hearing, ‘Sorry, my car didn’t see you.’ This is unacceptable.”

Eric Stine, treasure of the Utah chapter of ABATE, which advocates for motorcycle riders, added: “If it can’t see a motorcycle, can it see a pedestrian? Can it see a small child? Can it see an animal?”

Recall, back in August we wrote about the NHTSA investigating Tesla crashes that left two motorcyclists dead.

The Tesla’s were “apparently running on Autopilot”, according to APs coverage of the story. The accidents wound up killing 2 motorcyclists, the report says. The NHTSA is now looking at whether or not Tesla vehicle automation stops the vehicles for motorcycles.

Both accidents were similar in nature: the NHTSA said it “sent investigation teams to two crashes last month in which Teslas collided with motorcycles on freeways in the darkness”. In both instances, the motorcyclists were killed.

We noted then that the agency had suspicions “that Tesla’s partially automated driver-assist system was in use” during both accidents.

Tesla vehicles have also been associated with battery fires and fires that are difficult to extinguish (see 1, 2).  In fact, last month, there was a big fire at a Tesla recycling plant as well as Tesla battery fire at a utility substation!  Of course, battery fires and fires that are difficult to extinguish have also been reported with other company’s electric vehicles (EVs) (see 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7) – even flooded models.  High levels of biologically and environmentally harmful radiation emissions have been reported in all EVs as well (see 1, 2, 3, 4, 5).

Activist Post reports regularly about Teslas, AVs, EVs, and unsafe technology.  For more information, visit our archives and the following websites:

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