The investigation results of the out-of-control Tesla case in Canada have been released, revealing that it was due to operational errors rather than mechanical failure

Operational errors caused the out-of-control Tesla case in Canada, not mechanical failure

【PhoneAuto News】News about Tesla losing control accidents has been seen frequently, which has made many people doubt the safety of its vehicles. Recently, the Canadian police released a report on a Tesla losing control accident investigation that occurred earlier. The investigation results showed that the cause of the accident was driver error, not mechanical failure.

Tesla Model 3

Mark McLean, spokesperson for the West Vancouver Police Department, said: “Based on the analysis of vehicle data, investigators determined that the collision was caused by human error.” The spokesperson stated that the Tesla driver who caused the accident was a 68-year-old man from Vancouver. According to the Canadian Motor Vehicle Act, he was fined for causing the accident due to not focusing on driving. The spokesperson added that at the time of the collision, the estimated damage to the ferry structure was over $30,000, but now the ferry company has changed its wording, saying that the damage was “thousands of dollars.”

In January of this year, a Tesla Model 3 crashed after ramming up a ramp at the Horsehoe Bay ferry terminal in West Vancouver, Canada. At the time, the police said that the electric car was trying to board the ferry and “suddenly accelerated” and hit a gate.

Accident scene picture

In 2020, Tesla wrote an article titled “Tesla cars do not have ‘sudden unintended acceleration'”, which explained that in cases where each car was accused of causing a collision due to sudden acceleration, the final data showed that the vehicle was working as expected: although almost all brands/models of vehicles on the road claim that accidents are caused by mistakenly stepping on the gas pedal, the throttle pedals of Model S/X/3 have two independent position sensors, and if any operation error occurs, the system will default to cut off the motor torque. Similarly, stepping on the accelerator pedal at the same time as the brake pedal will override the throttle pedal input and cut off the motor output, and continuous braking will stop the car no matter what.

In many cases of Tesla accidents, although some parties claimed that they stepped on the brake without any response, the majority of accident investigations showed that the drivers actually stepped on the accelerator instead of the brake pedal. This may also be related to Tesla’s single pedal mode, which affects people’s driving habits.

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