Tesla’s Autopilot System Under Investigation by U.S. Auto Safety Regulator

By Kurt Stolz on 16 August 2021
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The U.S. government’s top auto-safety regulator is investigating Tesla’s Autopilot driver-assistance after a series of crashes into emergency and first-responder vehicles at crash scenes.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it had documented 11 crashes in which a Tesla vehicle using Autopilot had collided into ambulances, fire trucks, police cars, and other vehicles with emergency vehicle lights such as flashing light bars.

Seven of these accidents resulted in a total of 17 injuries and one death.

“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 in a summary of the investigation.

The NHTSA investigation covers four Tesla models over the model years 2014 to 2021 and will “include examination of contributing circumstances,” it said.

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