Recently I wrote about a tragic crash from a Tesla suddenly swerving and launching like a missile into a large truck in the adjacent lane.
I suspected a new software bug in Tesla’s notoriously unsafe ADAS. It probably should have grounded all Tesla immediately like the Boeing 737-MAX fiasco.
Unlike a human driver error isolated to an individual case, Tesla pushes dangerous software updates to millions of cars running a notoriously unsafe platform. Literally millions of people can be in immediate danger.
Alas, a similar accident is now being reported, which killed multiple members of a family traveling together in a large SUV.
Two girls and a woman were killed and three other children and a teenager suffered major injuries Sunday morning in a collision on the eastbound 10 Freeway near Palm Springs, the California Highway Patrol said. […] The people who died were girls ages 8 and 12 and a 31-year-old woman. The four surviving children — girls ages 3 and 11, and boys 7 and 15 — had major injuries. The 39-year-old driver had moderate injuries and the 41-year-old right front passenger had minor injuries, Montez said. The occupants of the Suburban included parents, their children and some cousins
There is not enough evidence yet to rule out Tesla’s ADAS as primary cause of the accident. However, Tesla in early 2016 openly boasted (falsely) it had achieved “collision avoidance” capabilities that now seem to be inverted and getting worse — Tesla may be increasingly confused, targeting and killing people around them.
The collision was reported at about 7:24 a.m. west of Haugen-Lehmann Way in the Whitewater area. Results from the preliminary investigation suggest that the Suburban was in the No. 2 lane and the Tesla, driven by a 31-year-old male resident of Indio, was in the No. 3 lane when for unknown reasons they collided. The driver of the Suburban lost control and crashed into the center divider, Montez said.
That entire paragraph about “unknown reasons for colliding” should have been impossible for the two vehicles travelling adjacent on a highway, if Tesla marketing is to be believed.
Tesla’s rush to prematurely advertise “collision avoidance” must not only come under long-overdue strict scrutiny, but also be investigated for leading to the exact opposite conclusion — causing fatal collisions.