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Tesla S brakes On Bay Bridge Leading To 8-Car Pileup, Surveillance Video Surfaces

The Tesla driver implicated the "Full Self-Driving" feature, alleging a malfunction in the autopilot system.

Edited By : Saurav Gupta | Updated: Feb 7, 2024 08:03 IST
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The California Highway Patrol (CHP) has unveiled surveillance videos capturing the Thanksgiving chaos on the Bay Bridge caused by a Tesla Model S utilizing the controversial “Full Self-Driving” feature.

Video evidence reveals Tesla’s maneuver

Detailed footage from various angles on November 24, 2022, depicts the crucial moments leading to an eight-car pileup, shedding light on the incident that shocked commuters.

Public records request yields critical footage

After a California Public Records request by KTVU, the CHP released the videos, originally obtained by The Intercept, providing a closer look at the incident that occurred during the holiday rush.

Tesla driver blames autopilot malfunction

The Tesla driver implicated the “Full Self-Driving” feature, alleging a malfunction in the autopilot system. However, skepticism arises as the CHP officer could not verify the software’s status or the accuracy of the driver’s claims.

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CHP report highlights unsafe lane change

According to the CHP report obtained by KTVU, the Tesla driver executed an unsafe lane change, abruptly slowing down and triggering a chain reaction of crashes, resulting in an eight-car pileup.

Eyewitness accounts detail terrifying moments

Eyewitness Shayna Kelly and her son described the harrowing experience, stating that the Tesla made a sudden stop, leaving no escape route for surrounding vehicles. Reports indicate that most involved suffered minor injuries.

NTSB Chair criticizes Tesla’s ‘Full Self-Driving’

National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Chair Jennifer Homendy has raised concerns about Tesla’s marketing of the “Full Self-Driving” feature, emphasizing its limitations. Homendy urges Tesla to take more responsibility to prevent misuse.

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Growing complaints of ‘Phantom Braking’

In the wake of the Bay Bridge incident, reports emerge of multiple Tesla drivers complaining about “phantom braking,” causing sudden and unexplained stops at high speeds. The Washington Post reveals over 100 such complaints filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in a three-month period.

First published on: Feb 07, 2024 08:03 AM IST

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