NHTSA Probe of Tesla's Autopilot Expands After a Model 3 Crashes in Orlando
ORLANDO, FLORIDA - The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has decided to expand its probe of Tesla's Autopilot after a Model 3 accident in Orlando, Florida.
Last month, NHTSA initiated an investigation of eleven Tesla electric vehicle accidents that collided with emergency vehicles. The Tesla cars were also running on Autopilot, according to the NHTSA. NHTSA stated that some drivers may not have been following Tesla's Autopilot operational standards, which requires the driver to stay in control of the motor vehicle. Moreover, two of the crashes involved alleged drunk drivers.
The NHTSA has stated that it intends to investigate each of the crashes to ascertain whether the Level 2 ADAS system was responsible for the crashes. The investigation will investigate Tesla's four current models:
- 2017-2021 Model 3,
- 2014-2021 Model S,
- 2015-2021 Model X, and
- 2019-2021 Model Y.
The investigation has expanded from eleven to twelve crashes following the most recent incident where a Tesla crashed into a Florida Highway Patrol vehicle. According to the report, the Highway Patrol officer involved was parked on the side of the road. The officer was helping a motorist with a disabled vehicle. Suddenly his vehicle was hit by a Model 3 that was allegedly operating on Autopilot. The Tesla driver reported that he had enabled Autopilot utilization at the moment of the collision.
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