Ten deaths occurred in U.S. car crashes involving vehicles employing automated driving technology this past spring and summer, according to data released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The deaths involved Tesla-made vehicles.
NHTSA’s data didn’t indicate whether the technology led to the crashes or driver error.
The agency is building a database of such fatal accidents to study the automated systems’ safety. Since June 2021, it’s required automotive and technology manufacturers to report crashes involving self-driving vehicles or vehicles with driver-assist systems.
Tesla’s crash data may figure prominently in the results because it gets real-time crash information from its vehicles via telematics, while other carmakers don’t, so their crash data may lag.