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Tesla autopilot hit another motorcyclist, US launches investigation – Zinctank

A Tesla vehicle reportedly killed another motorcyclist, this time in Utah in the US, when the driver using autopilot crashed into the back of his motorcycle. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) added the fatal accident to its list. 48 accidents are being investigated, 39 of which involve Tesla vehicles.

According to local reports, the Utah Highway Patrol team said the incident happened Sunday on southbound I-15. The Tesla driver allegedly did not see the motorcyclist and hit the back of the motorcycle, causing the motorcyclist to throw himself off the motorcycle. The motorcyclist was fatally injured at the scene, according to abc4.

According to the Utah Department of Public Safety, the driver of the Tesla collided with the rear of the motorcycle, causing the motorcyclist to fall to the ground and die instantly. The driver was using the Tesla Autopilot system at the time of the crash, authorities said. Tesla’s advanced driver assistance system, known as Autopilot, is under federal agency scrutiny.

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Last week, the NHTSA launched an investigation into the 2021 Tesla Model Y crash that killed a motorcyclist in California earlier this month. The US agency has also launched an investigation into one of those fatal crashes that killed a pedestrian and involved a 2018 Tesla Model 3 in California.

The NHTSA is also investigating another fatal Tesla crash in Florida that killed a 66-year-old Tesla driver and a 67-year-old passenger. In May, the agency launched an investigation into a crash involving a 2022 Tesla Model S that killed three people.

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