The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found a disproportionate number of Tesla crashes ahead of a report on collisions involving vehicles with autonomous or partially automated driving systems.
The agency documented more than 200 crashes involving Tesla using Autopilot, “Full Self-Driving,” Traffic-Aware Cruise Control or some other of the company’s partially automated systems.
The NHTSA said in documents that it had received 191 reports of crashes involving Teslas on Autopilot and non-emergency vehicles, and 16 more involving parked emergency vehicles or those with warning lights, totalling 207.
The authority removed 88 of the 191 vehicles due to actions of other vehicles or insufficient data for a safe assessment of accidents. This means that only 106 reports of crashes were included in the Autopilot investigation.
NHTSA instructed automakers and technology companies to report crashes involving driver assist systems and fully autonomous driving systems. Automated vehicle tech companies are required to report serious crashes within one day of learning about them and to disclose less serious crashes by the 15th day of the following month.