Incident 97: Tesla Autopilot Mistakes Red Letters on Flag for Red Traffic Lights

Description: A Tesla Model 3 misidentified flags with "COOP" written vertically on them as traffic lights.


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

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Sean McGregor, Khoa Lam

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transportation and storage

Incident Reports

Tesla Autopilot Mistakes Red Letters on Flag for Red Traffic Lights · 2020

Last week, we reported on the rollout of Tesla's Full Self-Driving Beta to a select few Tesla owners.

Though self-driving technology has undeniably come a long way in the last few years, we're never far from a reminder that the technology a…


A "variant" is an incident that shares the same causative factors, produces similar harms, and involves the same intelligent systems as a known AI incident. Rather than index variants as entirely separate incidents, we list variations of incidents under the first similar incident submitted to the database. Unlike other submission types to the incident database, variants are not required to have reporting in evidence external to the Incident Database. Learn more from the research paper.