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.


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Alleged: Tesla developed and deployed an AI system, which harmed unnamed Tesla owner and Tesla drivers.

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Tesla Model S adaptive cruise control crashes into Van · 2016

Just to make it clear: The Tesla Model S is the absolute best car in the world at the moment. Nothing comes close.

But, in this case there was a problem with the driving aids and also security systems: None of the safety-systems worked corr…

Tesla Model S driver crashes into a van while on Autopilot · 2016

A Tesla Model S driver published a video of his car crashing into a van while on Autopilot which acts as a great PSA to remind Tesla drivers not to always rely on the Autopilot and be ready to take control at all time. In this particular ca…

Tesla Model S on Autopilot crashes into van parked on highway · 2016

Within a week of Tesla releasing Autopilot to the masses last fall, we started seeing some generally scary videos of people putting a little too much trust in the system. Well, we're continuing to see them, and in the latest video we sadly …


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