The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is reopening an investigation into Tesla’s ‘Autopilot’ driver assistance system. It refers to eleven incidents between January 2018 and July 2021 in which Tesla models hit emergency vehicles parked on the side of the road. This resulted in 17 injuries and one death.
In 2017 the NHTSA closed an earlier investigation into Autopilot without taking any action, and has now come under fire for failing to ensure the safety of the system. After the new probe, the auto safety agency could again opt to take no action, or it could demand a recall, which might effectively impose limits on how, when and where Autopilot operates.
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