US safety agency probes death of pedestrian struck by Tesla in California

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By Keith Laing | Bloomberg The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating a fatal crash involving a 2018 Tesla Model 3 that may have had its partially automated driving system activated. The June 7 accident in San Diego resulted in the death of a pedestrian, according to details provided Thursday by NHTSA. The electric vehicle ran a red light, hit a dip and became airborne before striking the woman, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported. The collision is the 45th included in NHTSA’s Special Crash Investigation of advanced driver-assistance systems like Tesla Inc.’s Autopilot. The broader probe began in 2016 after a fatal accident in Florida involving a Model S that was being operated with its automated driving system activated. Tesla vehicles have been involved in all but nine of the incidents that have been added to NHTSA’s investigation. The automaker, which has disbanded its media relations department, didn’t respond to a request for comment. Related Articles Crime and Public Safety | Tesla wrecked engineer’s reputation with false claim of secrets theft: lawsuit filing Crime and Public Safety | California exodus accelerated during Covid-19 pandemic, study shows Crime and Public Safety | The balance of power is shifting in the tech industry Crime and Public Safety | Elon Musk grieved with crash victim’s dad. Now Tesla faces him in court Crime and Public Safety | Tesla receives recall order from Germany for models Y and 3 NHTSA also confirmed the inclusion of “minor” accidents involving a 2022 Cruise vehicle in California and a 2022 Genesis GV70 in Michigan that also may have had partially automated driving systems activated. Cruise, a subsidiary of General Motors Co., is cooperating with regulators’ efforts to collect information, according to Aaron McLear, a spokesman for the robotaxi company. NHTSA has not opened a formal investigation into the accident, in which another vehicle traveling above the speed limit collided with a Cruise car, McLear said. More stories like this are available on bloomberg.com ©2022 Bloomberg L.P.

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