Tesla Is In Trouble: The US Government Sues The Company Over Auto-Pilot!

Today, the American National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has launched an official investigation into Tesla’s Autopilot system, one of the United States-based auto giants.

Since January 2018, NHTSA has identified eleven accidents involving Tesla models in various configurations. Most of these incidents occurred after dark, and crash scenes encountered included first responder lights, flares, an illuminated arrow board, and road cones. In addition, it has been confirmed that all these vehicles switch to Autopilot or Traffic Aware Cruise Control when approaching crashes.


Details of the investigation:

  1. The Office of Defect Research (ODI) has opened a Preliminary Evaluation of the SAE Level 2 ADAS system (Autopilot) on Model Year Y, X, S, and 3 models 2014-2021.
  2. The investigation will evaluate the technologies and methods used to monitor, assist and compel the driver’s participation in the dynamic driving task during the Autopilot operation.
  3. The investigation will also evaluate OEDR by vehicles while in Autopilot mode and ODD where Autopilot mode is functional.
  4. The investigation will also include examining the contributing conditions for listed and confirmed accidents and other similar accidents.

Shares of Tesla fell by 5% after the announcement of the investigation initiated by the American Government.


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