New Data Reveals Tesla's Self-Driving Cars Involved in Ten Deadly Crashes Between May and September

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released new crash statistics on self-driving cars this week. According to the data, Elon Musk’s Teslas were involved in at least ten deadly accidents between mid-May and mid-September.

The fatalities included four crashes involving Teslas and motorcycles. The datasheet, however, does not indicate whether the driver-assist systems of the Teslas were on during the accidents or if the vehicles were piloted by their human drivers.

Self-driving vehicles have been controversial in terms of safety and liability issues since their introduction to the marketplace.

The new figures suggest a sharp increase in deadly incidents involving self-driving cars. Data collected from July of last year through May 15, released by the agency in June, involved only six lethal crashes, with a further five accidents that resulted in serious injuries. Five of the deaths occurred in Teslas and one in a Ford, with the driver-assist systems in use at the time of all the crashes listed.

The apparent increase in fatal crashes involving automated-driving vehicles has already been condemned by driving safety advocates, who urged the NHTSA to take action against Tesla. The deaths of motorcyclists are particularly concerning, the head of the Center for Auto Safety nonprofit, Michael Brooks, said. 
In 2018, some media outlets including CNN hailed the introduction of self-driving vehicles as a technological breakthrough that would make roads safer.  However, the new data doesn't support the early optimism.