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  • 2016 Tesla Model X P90D after crash while owner was parking  [photo: owner 'Puzant']

    It happens every so often: a driver claims that a car accelerated out of control just before it crashed into something or other. Only in the last 10 years have automakers had data to investigate the claims, usually from a "black box" that captures a car's most recent few seconds of operating information. Electric-car maker Tesla Motors has taken data collection on its cars' operation much further, with cars that continuously transmit what they're doing (and where) back to the company. DON'T MISS: Tesla refutes owner claims of Model X 'sudden acceleration' before crash That capability lets it...

  • 2016 Tesla Model X P90D after crash while owner was parking  [photo: owner 'Puzant']
    Tesla refutes owner claims of Model X 'sudden acceleration' before crash

    It started with a post two days ago on the owners' forum on the Tesla Motors website. In it, an owner with the user name "Puzant" claimed that a five-day-old Tesla Model X electric SUV had accelerated out of control while parking. Yesterday, Tesla denied that claim, and issued a statement saying...

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    The Punching Bag Hits Back: Prius Crash Was Driver Error, Toyota Says

    Few automotive engineers believe in so-called "sudden acceleration". But until recently, there's been no way to determine what a driver what doing when he (or she) swears that he was pressing the brake pedal with all his strength even as the car accelerated. Now, that's changed. Federal...

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