According to documents reviewed by TechCrunch, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has launched an investigation into the fatal accident involving Tesla.
The investigation, launched in July, is the latest in a long line of investigations into the NHTSA’s Special Investigation Program into crashes involving Tesla vehicles. The fatal crash that killed a pedestrian involved a 2018 Tesla Model 3 in California.
NHTSA special accident investigation program focuses on cases useful for studying the special circumstances of an accident or results from an engineering point of view. The agency currently has 45 open SCI cases related to advanced driver assistance systems or automated driving. Of these, 36 are related to Tesla vehicles. In eleven Tesla crashes, 15 people died.
Tesla’s advanced driver assistance system, known as Autopilot, is increasingly the subject of federal agency scrutiny. Last month, the NHTSA “updated” its investigation into Tesla Autopilot after discovering new cases of electric vehicles colliding with parked emergency response vehicles.
Agency said in the notice that he expanded his preliminary assessment of Tesla Autopilot systems into engineering analysis. This means that NHTSA will expand its existing crash analysis, evaluate additional datasets and conduct vehicle assessments, and assess whether Autopilot and related Tesla systems may exacerbate human error or behavioral safety risks by undermining the effectiveness of driver control. .
Escalation is an important and mandatory step before NHTSA can withdraw an application. An estimated 830,000 Tesla vehicles are involved in the investigation. agency documents.
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