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US Report: Nearly 400 Accidents of Automated Technical Vehicles

by Tom Krishna

DETROIT ( Associated Press) — Automakers reported nearly 400 accidents involving vehicles with partially automated driver-assistance systems, including 273 involving Teslas, according to data released by U.S. safety regulators on Wednesday.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration cautioned against using the numbers to compare vehicle manufacturers, saying that it was based on the number of vehicles from each manufacturer using the system, or the number of miles those vehicles traveled by their weight. Not Taken.

Automakers reported accidents from July to May 15 last year under an order from the agency, which is conducting a comprehensive investigation into such accidents for the first time.

“As we gather more data, NHTSA will be able to better identify any emerging risks or trends and learn more about the performance of these technologies in the real world,” said agency administrator Steven Cliffe.

Tesla accidents occurred when vehicles were using Autopilot, “full self-driving,” Traffic Aware Cruise Control, or other driver-assist systems that have some control over speed and steering. The company has about 830,000 vehicles with the system on the road.

The next closest of a dozen automakers to have reported accidents was Honda, with 90, but Honda says it has about six million vehicles on American roads with such systems. Subaru was ahead with 10, and all other automakers reported five or fewer.

In a June 2021 order, NHTSA asked more than 100 automakers and automatic vehicle tech companies to report serious accidents within one day of learning about them and to disclose less-serious accidents by the 15th of the following month. asked for The agency is assessing how the system performs and whether new rules may be needed.

NHTSA also said that five people were killed, and six were seriously injured in accidents involving driver-assistance systems.

Tesla’s crash numbers could be even higher because it uses telematics to monitor its vehicles and receive real-time crash reports. NHTSA said other automakers do not have such capability, so their reports may be slow or may not report crashes. A message was left asking Tesla for comment.

Tesla accidents accounted for nearly 70% of the 392 reported by a dozen automakers. Although the Austin, Texas, automaker calls its system Autopilot and “full self-driving,” it states that vehicles cannot self-drive and that drivers must be prepared to intervene at all times.

NHTSA said manufacturers were not required to report how many vehicles they have on the road that have the systems, nor are they required to report how far those vehicles have traveled, or when the systems are in use. At present, those numbers are not quantitative, an agency official said.

However, NHTSA may ask for such information later. Meanwhile, new data has enabled it to spot crashes much faster than previously thought. Currently, it is using crash data to spot trends and discuss it with companies, the agency said.

Officials said NHTSA has already used the data to withdraw, launch investigations and provide information for ongoing inquiries. At the same time, he said it is difficult to ascertain how many drivers actually use the technology.

“This will help our investigators identify potential defect trends that may emerge,” Cliff said. “These data will also help us identify the accidents we want to investigate and provide more information about how people in other vehicles interact with vehicles.”

Honda said it has packaged the system to sell more of them, which could affect its numbers. “The population of vehicles that could theoretically be involved in a reportable incident is significantly greater than the population of vehicles made by automakers with less aggressive deployment strategies,” the company said.

In addition, reports to NHTSA are based on unverified customer statements as to whether automated systems were operating at the time of the accident. Honda said those accidents may no longer be eligible to be reported to NHTSA after more data is gathered.

The Alliance for Automotive Innovation, which represents most automakers, said the data collected by NHTSA is not sufficient to evaluate the safety of automated vehicle systems.

The NHTSA order also covers companies operating fully autonomous vehicles, and 25 reported a total of 130 accidents. Google spinoff Waymo led with 62, followed by Transdev Alternative Services with 34 and General Motors-controlled Cruise LLC with 23.

Waymo has far more vehicles than other companies, and is running a fully autonomous ride-hailing service in Arizona and California.

Of the 108 accidents involving fully autonomous vehicles, no one was reported to be injured, and there was only one serious injury. In most of the accidents, the vehicles collided from behind.

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