After accidents between Teslas and emergency vehicles (police cars and ambulances), the US authorities launched an investigation and contacted the company to request detailed data from its autopilot system.
Apparently, at the time of the collision, Tesla’s vehicles had the autopilot active, and even so they were against cars that were parked on the road with the emergency signaling lights on.
The investigation covers 765,000 vehicles, nearly the majority of vehicles that Tesla has sold in the US since the beginning of the year 2014. Of the accidents identified by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that are under investigation, seventeen people were injured and one. died. The period of time analyzed goes from 2018 to the present day.
If the tesla does not comply with the demands made by the US authorities, it risks paying a fine of 115 million dollars, in other words, around 100 million euros.
Tesla and other manufacturers advise that drivers using Autopilot systems must be ready to intervene at any time. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) wants to make sure that through the system developed by Tesla, drivers are required to keep an eye on their driving, regardless of whether they have their autonomous mode turned on. US authorities are also interested in analyzing all user complaints that are related to autopilot or other driving assistance technologies.
Recall that in June, the NHTSA required all car manufacturers to report any accidents involving fully autonomous vehicles or partially automated driver assistance systems.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) of the United States, which also investigated some of the accidents in which Tesla cars were involved, recommended that the company limit the use of the autopilot to areas where it can operate with maximum safety.
Source: NY Times