U.S. regulator launches investigation into Tesla’s automated pilot system after collision with emergency vehicles

U.S. regulator launches investigation into Tesla's automated pilot system after collision with emergency vehicles

There will be a formal investigation “Evaluate technologies and methods used to monitor, assist and implement driver involvement in dynamic driving during autopilot operation” The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced Monday.

If the investigation reveals that the system is faulty, it could lead to the recall of Tesla’s vehicle or other restrictions by the agency.

The regulator says it has identified 11 traffic incidents from 2018 – including four this year – on various Tesla models. “First the shots of the respondents and then one or more of the vehicles involved in these shots collided.” One person was killed and 17 were injured in the incidents.

The electric cars involved in these collisions “Confirmed that everyone is involved in ship control with autopilot or traffic detection” At the time, the NHTSA pointed out.

Most of the incidents took place at night, but the crash scenes were properly fitted “Combustion, Flashing Arrow Sign and Road Cones”, And the sparks of the first responders of the affected emergency vehicles have begun to burn.

The investigation covers approximately 765,000 vehicles of Tesla cars or company models Y, X, S and 3 marketed in the United States since early 2014.

Tesla Inc. has not yet commented on the investigation. The company’s autopilot feature allows drivers to take their hands off the wheel for long periods of time while the vehicle is in motion. However, the automaker insists that the driver be prepared to take manual control of the car at all times.

However, many drivers have abused this method, with some getting caught drunk, asleep, or sitting in the back of their self-driving car, which happened in the Bay Area. According to the NHTSA, at least three Tesla vehicles have been involved in accidents involving autopilots since 2016.

The regulator, which has previously investigated separate accidents involving Tesla cars, has previously criticized the company for its lack of warranties for its autopilot. He advised Tesla to limit the use of the computer to certain areas and to establish better mechanisms to ensure that the person behind the wheel is focused on the road.

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