On the National Highway 3 near the Daxi Interchange in Taoyuan City, a driver of a Tesla Model 3 crashed with a road repair truck. The driver activated Autopilot and didn’t pay attention to the road, as he told the police. The car couldn’t detect the truck so the accident happened.
The truck was so obvious to see. it was bright yellow with large reflectors, it even had a digital warning sign. But all that didn’t prevent the Model 3 from crashing against it. Fortunately, the 46-year-old driver hurt only his hand.
After the accident, the road engineer was placing crash warnings at the location to protect the middle lanes, when a BMW driver hit him and the Tesla. Unfortunately, The road engineer died.
Tesla vehicle wasn’t directly responsible for killing the victim, but it was an important reason for that.
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Drivers shouldn’t feel so confident in their Autopilot system and keep their eyes on the road to handle the unsuspecting situations just like what happened in Taoyuan.
Accidents like that happened 11 times. 7 of them ended with injured people and one dead. However, NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) in Taiwan can’t do anything about it, because it’s out of its jurisdiction.
Previously, Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk said that he would be “shocked” if Tesla does not achieve “Full Self-Driving safer than human this year.”
We hope that will happen very soon.