U.S. federal safety regulators have “updated” their investigation into Tesla’s Advanced Driver Assistance System “Autopilot” after discovering new incidents of electric vehicles colliding with parked emergency response vehicles.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in a notice on Thursday 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.
Tesla did not respond to a request for comment.
In a statement to NHTSA, the agency recalled that “no commercially available vehicle today is capable of driving itself.”
“Every vehicle available requires a human driver to be in control at all times, and all state laws hold the driver responsible for the operation of their vehicles,” a spokesman for the agency said in a statement to TechCrunch. “Some advanced driving assistance features can improve safety by helping drivers avoid collisions and reduce the severity of crashes that occur, but as with all technology and equipment in cars, drivers must use them properly and responsibly. NHTSA is endowed with robust enforcement tools to protect the public, investigate potential safety issues, and take action when we find evidence of non-compliance or an unreasonable risk to safety.”
NHTSA opened August 2021 Tesla Autopilot’s preliminary investigation citing 11 incidents in which cars crashed into parked emergency response vehicles while the system was activated. In these crashes, the Tesla vehicles included either autopilot or a traffic-aware cruise control feature.
Most of the incidents occurred after dark and occurred despite “scene control measures” such as emergency vehicle lights, traffic cones, and illuminated arrow signs signaling drivers to change lanes, as documented at the time.
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