According to a police report obtained, a Tesla driver claims that the Full Self-Driving software is to blame for an eight-vehicle collision that occurred last month in the Yerba Buena Tunnel in San Francisco.
After reviewing footage from the tunnel, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) determined that a Tesla made an unsafe lane change and then slowed down from 55 mph to 20 mph, causing multiple vehicles behind it to collide.
The Tesla driver claimed in the report that the vehicle’s Full Self-Driving system had malfunctioned, causing an unexpected slowdown. Nine people, including a child who required hospitalisation, were injured in the Thanksgiving incident.
California Highway Patrol said in the Dec. 7 report that it could not confirm if “full self-driving” was active at the time of the crash. A highway patrol spokesperson told on Wednesday that it would not determine if “full self-driving” was active, and Tesla would have that information.
As reported by the NHTSA earlier this year, Tesla had the lowest rate of accidents involving ADAS-equipped cars. Tesla has said that the driver is responsible for the safe operation of the car when it is in Autopilot or Full Self-Driving mode, but some argue the corporation exaggerates the capabilities of its systems.
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