Tesla Autopilot Faces NHTSA Investigation After Series of Crashes with Parked Emergency Vehicles

The US federal agency on road safety has opened a formal investigation on Monday into Tesla’s driver-assistance system known as Autopilot after a series of collisions with parked emergency vehicles.

The investigation would cover almost everything that Tesla has sold in the US since the start of the 2014 model year totaling almost 765,000 vehicles. It would also cover Tesla’s entire current model lineup, the Models Y, X, S, and 3 from the 2014 through 2021 model years.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) identified a series of crashes where 17 people are injured and one was killed as part of the investigation.

“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,” said NHTSA.

The investigation could result in a recall of Tesla vehicles by the NHSTA or bans on Autopilot being used in areas not deemed suitable to the feature.

Autopilot is a driving-assistance feature in Tesla to help drivers maintain speed and lane centering, while Traffic-Aware Cruise Control matches the speed of the car to surrounding traffic.


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