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Why are some Teslas crashing on this same road?

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Story at a glance:

  • At least five cars have allegedly crashed on the same road in Yosemite.
  • Tesla’s Autopilot and Full Self Driving features have helped prevent crashes in some cases, and may be behind crashes in other incidents.
  • U.S. safety regulators opened an investigation in March into crashes involving Tesla’s Autopilot feature.

Tesla’s Autopilot and Full Self Driving (FSD) features have come under increasing scrutiny recently, as some crashes appear to involve these automotive features. Now, one driver is pointing out that a series of incidents have happened on one road in Yosemite Valley, Calif. 

A user on Reddit who goes by the name BBFLG shared his story of driving his Model X in hopes that Tesla would improve its technology, CarBuzz reported

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“Hands on wheel, eyes on road, vehicle just wanted to keep going straight. It barely followed the curve at the last minute and even with hands on the wheel, there was no way I could stop or turn as it entered a gravel-covered area,” BBFLG wrote in the post.

The user also said that his car mistook the moon for a yellow light. In the same post, the user shared that rangers in the area reported at least five crashes, including his own, on the same spot on Northside Drive, according to CarBuzz. 

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) opened 27 investigations in March into car accidents involving Tesla vehicles. The majority of the investigations appear to involve the Autopilot — or advanced driver-assistance system — feature.