A Tesla driver blames the self-driving situation for an eight-vehicle pileup on San Francisco’s Bay Bridge

A Tesla driver blames self-driving technology for an eight-car pileup on San Francisco’s Bay Bridge that left a baby in the hospital – after the car suddenly stopped in the middle of the road.

  • The Thanksgiving accident caused a traffic jam at Bay Bridge and sent two to the hospital
  • The accident occurred as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration investigated Tesla’s self-driving programs and considered the possibility of withdrawing them.
  • The sub-agency of the Ministry of Transportation opened the investigation after 16 Tesla crashes were reported

A Tesla driver blamed self-driving technology for an eight-car pileup on the San Francisco Bay Bridge on Thanksgiving — claiming the software was broken.

The accident, which took place at around 12.40pm on Thursday 24 November, resulted in the hospitalization of two people – including a child. Another 16 people were treated at the scene for injuries. None of it was life threatening.

According to a CNN report, a video of the accident shows a Tesla car changing lanes and stopping in the middle of the road, causing a serious traffic jam that impeded the flow of traffic for hours.

Some users of Tesla’s self-driving features complain that the brakes sometimes act “without warning” and “randomly”

Four ambulances were called to the scene and two lanes were closed for 90 minutes.

The crash occurred just hours after Elon Musk announced that the company’s “full self-driving” software was available to anyone in North America who requested it.

Previously, it was offered exclusively to drivers with high safety scores in its internal rating system.

Drivers are warned when installing the software that it “may do the wrong thing at the worst of times”. The program requires an attentive human driver who is ready to take full control of the wheel at a moment’s notice.

According to a traffic accident report, a Tesla Model S driver told the California Highway Patrol that they were traveling at 55 mph and shifted into the left lane when the car’s self-driving technology suddenly selected the brakes.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Thursday that it will send a team to investigate the accident.

The CHP previously said it could not confirm whether the full ‘self-driving’ program was active at the time of the accident, and Tesla will have that information.

Holiday crash reports arrive as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is already investigating Tesla’s driver assistance programs due to multiple reports of braking occurring “randomly” and “without warning.”

Some have complained that the brakes open unexpectedly “frequently during single drive”.

The Thanksgiving incident occurred in San Francisco just hours after CEO Elon Musk announced that...

The Thanksgiving accident in San Francisco occurred just hours after CEO Elon Musk announced that “full self-driving” would be available to all Tesla drivers in North America, not just those with high safety scores.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is in the midst of investigating Tesla over its self-driving technology after a series of accidents and hundreds of safety complaints from Tesla drivers.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is in the midst of investigating Tesla over its self-driving technology after a series of accidents and hundreds of safety complaints from Tesla drivers.

An image of a Thanksgiving pileup leading to San Francisco's Bay Bridge traffic closures at lunchtime.  The accident involved as many as eight cars

An image of a Thanksgiving pileup leading to San Francisco’s Bay Bridge traffic closures at lunchtime. The accident involved as many as eight cars

CNN noted that the agency has received hundreds of complaints from Tesla drivers, some describing near-collision incidents and ongoing safety concerns.

Last summer, the agency upgraded its probe to a so-called engineering analysis, suggesting it might seriously consider a recall.

NHTSA has opened its investigation after 16 Teslas crashes.

The California Department of Motor Vehicles has also accused Tesla of falsely advertising its “Autopilot” feature.

California DMV is still in the discovery phase to finally move forward.

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