California (state) — A General Motors Chevy Bolt and a Tesla Model S – have been involved in separate road accidents in California.
Culver City’s fire service said the Tesla had “ploughed into the rear” of one of its fire engines parked at the scene of an accident on Monday.
The car’s owner subsequently claimed it had been in Autopilot mode at the time.
The GM incident resulted in a collision with a motorbike in San Francisco.
The rider says the car was using GM’s Cruise Automation technology and caused him serious injury and is now suing GM, according to a local newspaper.
GM has alleged the motorcyclist was at fault. The event dates to December but has come to light now.
Car-makers suggest self-drive technologies should make the roads safer, but at present California requires drivers to remain behind the wheel to retake control at short notice. However, the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles is currently considering new regulations that would allow tests on public roads without a human sitting in the driver’s seat.
The crash with the Tesla will be investigated, said the US National Transportation Board (NTSB).
According to Culver City Firefighters, the Model S was traveling at 65mph (105km/h) when the impact occurred. However, there were amazingly no injuries.
Tesla can analyze data gathered by its vehicles’ onboard computers to determine the cause of crashes and has shared information with the press about previous high-profile accidents.
The NTSB previously investigated Tesla after a Model S crash in 2016 in which the driver died.
Since the accident, Tesla has introduced an update that brings its cars to stop if they detect a driver’s hands are not on the wheel.
The Chevy Bolt accident was on December 7th during the morning commute.
According to an accident report filed by GM, its vehicle had been changing lanes when the gap ahead closed.
While the Chevy Bolt had been re-centering itself in the original lane, GM said, a Honda motorcycle traveling at a faster speed had moved into the car’s way, glanced off its side, wobbled and fallen over.
However, Mr. Nilsson alleges the car “suddenly veered” into his lane.
His lawyer has further alleged the Chevy’s backup driver had tried to grab the wheel to prevent the accident but was too late to do so.
“Why don’t these folks take some responsibility?” the lawyer told the Mercury News.
Mr. Nilsson claims he has suffered neck and shoulder injuries, adding he has had to take sick leave and is claiming damages.