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Crash Reporting for Level 2 Advanced Driver Assistance Systems: What Does the Data Show?

July 25th 2022

Did you know that in June 2021, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a Standing General Order (the General Order) requiring identified manufacturers and operators (reporting entities) to report to the agency certain crashes involving vehicles equipped with SAE Level 2 Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS)? These vehicles (referred to as Level 2 ADAS equipped vehicles) provide both speed and steering input when the driver assistance system is engaged but require the human driver to remain fully engaged in the driving task at all times [1].

Some observations from the report are as follows. From July 2021 up to May 15, 2022, 392 Level 2 ADAS crashes were reported, where the highest single number of Level 2 ADAS crashes reported in a month was 44. The leading source of ADS crash reporting was telematics followed by complaints. In terms of reporting entities, the three largest number of Level 2 ADAS crashes reported came from Tesla (273), Honda (90), and Subaru (10), respectively.

Of the 98 crashes where severity was reported, 11 had serious injuries (5) or fatality (6). One-hundred and sixteen of specified Level 2 ADAS collisions were with another vehicle. When damage was reported, the Level 2 ADAS vehicles were most commonly damaged on the front, with 125 of the Level 2 ADAS crashes occurring in California [1].

Although Tesla had the highest number of reported crashes, this could be due to the sheer volume of Tesla Level 2 ADAS vehicles on the road and should not necessarily be taken as Tesla vehicles being dangerous. There are also differences between what roads different manufacturer’s autopilot modes can be used on, as Tesla’s Autopilot can be used on a variety of roads, whereas Nissan’s ProPilot and GM’s SuperCruise systems are limited to highways [2].

Did you (also) know that at LISKE, we have the capability and technology to download Event Data Recorders (aka ‘black boxes’) from Tesla vehicles. If you have a matter involving a Tesla, or any commercial motor vehicle, contact us today.


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