Incident 20: A Collection of Tesla Autopilot-Involved Crashes

Description: Multiple unrelated car accidents result in varying levels of harm have been occurred while a Tesla's autopilot was in use.


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Multiple unrelated car accidents result in varying levels of harm have been occurred while a Tesla's autonomous driving mode was in use. The autonomous vehicle's driving capabilities range from fully human-controlled to fully autonomous, allowing the system to control speed, direction, acceleration, deceleration, and lane changes. In most cases, the driver was given warning prior to impact, alerting the human driver to the need of intervention.

Short Description

Multiple unrelated car accidents result in varying levels of harm have been occurred while a Tesla's autopilot was in use.



Harm Type

Harm to physical health/safety, Financial harm

AI System Description

Tesla autopilot is an autonomous driving system that allow an autonomous vehicle to determine speed, acceleration, deceleration, direction, and lane changes

System Developer


Sector of Deployment

Transportation and storage

Relevant AI functions

Perception, Cognition, Action

AI Techniques

Autonomous vehicle, Tesla autopilot

AI Applications

autonomous driving



Named Entities

Tesla, Joshua Brown, Wei Huang, Nicolas Ciarlone, Elaine Herzberg

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Lives Lost


Infrastructure Sectors


Data Inputs

360 Ultrasonic Sonar, Image Recognition Camera, Long Range Radar, traffic patterns

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Sector of Deployment

transportation and storage

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