US Probe into Tesla’s “Autopilot” System Expanded

Washington/  The US authorities are investigating further incidents involving the driver assistance system. Additional data is now to be evaluated.

Washington The US Department of Transportation has expanded its investigation into Tesla’s Autopilot driver assistance system after a series of rear-end collisions. Since the investigation began in August, she has identified six other incidents in which Teslas with the “Autopilot” system engaged crashed into parked emergency vehicles. Originally, there were eleven such accidents. The most recent crash happened in January.

The investigations are now to be expanded, among other things, with the evaluation of additional data, as the traffic authority NHTSA announced in a document published on Thursday. There are an estimated 830,000 vehicles of all four current model series from 2014 to 2022. It should also be examined to what extent the system of the electric car manufacturer increases the risk of human error.

Tesla itself points out to customers that “Autopilot” is only an assistance system and therefore the person in the driver’s seat must keep their hands on the steering wheel at all times. He should always be ready to take control. Nevertheless, it happens again and again that drivers rely completely on the “autopilot” system. Tesla tightened its safety measures a few years ago: The software notices when the driver’s hands are not on the wheel and emits warning tones after a short time.

The NHTSA had already investigated the “autopilot” system after a fatal accident in 2016. At that time, a driver died after his Tesla crashed under the trailer of a semi truck crossing the road. NHTSA concluded that the system was working correctly, within its capabilities, but that the human driver was over-reliing on it. The “autopilot” system had not recognized the trailer with its white side panel and had not braked. The driver didn’t respond either.

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Washington/  The US authorities are investigating further incidents involving the driver assistance system. Additional data is now to be evaluated.

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