US agency opens investigation into Tesla Autopilot system

17:03, 16 August 2021
US agency opens investigation into Tesla Autopilot system Photo: Dasril Roszandi/ Look Press

Tesla’s autopilot driving system got under an investigation opened by the US government due to its problem of spotting the parked emergency vehicles.

The investigation involved 765,000 units of Tesla’s vehicles that have been sold since the start of 2014 model year, 17 people were injured and one was killed.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that 11 crashes have been registered since 2018, in which Tesla’s cars, being on Autopilot or Traffic Aware Cruise Control, have collided with vehicles with flashing lights, flares, an illuminated arrow board or cones warning of hazards.

The whole Tesla’s line up from the 2014 to 2021 model years is under the probe, the Models Y, X, S and 3.

The autopilot system has also been misused by drunk drivers, who could even move to the back seat without touching a steering wheel, according to NHTSA.

The investigators worked on 31 crashes that included partially automated driver assist systems since June of 2016. The system allows a vehicle moving stable in its lane keeping a safe distance from vehicles in front of it. Tesla was involved in 25 of these types of crashes, in which 10 deaths were confirmed, according to the data shared by the agency.

The agency urged all automakers to report any car crash involving vehicles with fully autonomous system and partially automated driver assist systems.