Teslas made up nearly 70% of assisted-driving crashes in last year
Why it matters: Tesla has made up nearly 70% of the 392 car crashes that have occurred since last June involving vehicles using an advanced driver assistance system.
The big picture: The crashes included in the dataset were shown to have deployed driver assistance technologies at least 30 seconds before the crash occurred, per the NHTSA press release.
- Honda saw the second-highest number of crashes with advanced driver-assistance systems after Tesla, with 90 crashes.
- NHTSA administrator Steven Cliff said in the press release that collecting the data was an "important step" in helping prevent the number and severity of crashes.
Be smart: Advanced driver assistance systems help cars steer, stay in their lane and brake in emergencies, Axios' Joann Muller writes.
- Some drivers using cars running with automated driver-assistance features become less vigilant behind the wheel, or drive more aggressively, when they think the system is backing them up.
State of play: Last August, the NHTSA opened a formal investigation into Tesla's Autopilot function after a series of crashes.
- The NHTSA this month upgraded the investigation to an engineering analysis, which is a required step before the regulator decides to issue a recall of the vehicles or the software behind the advanced driver assistance system, Axios' Jacob Knutson writes.