Incident 306: Tesla on Autopilot TACC Crashed into Van on European Highway

Description: A Tesla Model S operating on the Traffic-Aware Cruise Control (TACC) feature of Autopilot was shown on video by its driver crashing into a parked van on a European highway in heavy traffic, which damaged the front of the car.
Alleged: Tesla developed and deployed an AI system, which harmed unnamed Tesla owner and Tesla drivers.

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Lam, Khoa. (2016-05-26) Incident Number 306. in Lam, K. (ed.) Artificial Intelligence Incident Database. Responsible AI Collaborative.

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