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US opens investigation into Tesla Autopilot software after several crashes

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in the United States has launched an investigation into Tesla’s Autopilot software in order to evaluate the technologies and methods used to monitor, assist, and enforce the driver’s engagement with the dynamic driving task while Autopilot is in operation.

Several Tesla Autopilot-related crashes have occurred, and the NHTSA in the United States is currently investigating them.

The agency stated in a statement that the investigation will cover Tesla Models Y, X, S, and 3 vehicles manufactured between 2014 and 2021.

“Most incidents took place after dark and the crash scenes encountered included scene control measures such as first responder vehicle lights, flares, an illuminated arrow board, and road cones,” the NHTSA said.

“The involved subject vehicles were all confirmed to have been engaged in either Autopilot or Traffic Aware Cruise Control during the approach to the crashes”.

Tesla vehicles include a driver assistance system known as ‘Autopilot,’ which improves safety and convenience behind the wheel. Autopilot, when used correctly, reduces your overall workload as a driver.

People can purchase “full self-driving,” or FSD, for an additional $10,000, which Musk promises will provide full autonomous driving capabilities.

Despite Musk’s lofty claims on Twitter about full self-driving technology, Tesla has privately admitted that such claims do not correspond to engineering reality.

Since January 2018, the Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) has identified eleven crashes in which Tesla models of various configurations encountered first responder scenes and then collided with one or more vehicles involved in those scenes.

The investigation will also look at the OEDR of vehicles when they are in Autopilot mode, as well as the ODD when the Autopilot mode is active.

The investigation will also look into the contributing factors for the confirmed crashes listed below, as well as other similar crashes.


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