US Investigates Tesla Autopilot Following 20 Crashes in 4 Months

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The US’s top auto safety authority is looking into Tesla Inc.’s Autopilot technology once more, this time to see if a remedy put in place a few months ago sufficiently addressed usage concerns.

US Investigates Tesla Autopilot Following 20 Crashes
US Investigates Tesla Autopilot Following 20 Crashes

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) declared on Friday that it has opened an investigation into the December Tesla Autopilot recall. The effectiveness of Tesla’s solution is under scrutiny by the government, especially in light of 20 crashes involving cars that had installed the company’s over-the-air software update.

Over two million Tesla automobiles are being examined as part of this probe, according to the NHTSA. The automaker’s shares fell as much as 1.7% soon after regular trading started, and it has already dropped more than 30% this year.

Elon Musk, the CEO, faces criticism for his optimism regarding Tesla’s automated driving capabilities in light of the probe. Initially, Musk had predicted that a driverless robotaxi will be unveiled in August 2020. He indicated confidence in getting regulatory permission for this vehicle during a recent earnings call, speculating that definitive safety data could facilitate the process without creating significant regulatory obstacles. Musk also hinted that anybody who doubt Tesla’s ability to function autonomously ought to avoid making investments in the business.

Following a lengthy defect investigation, the NHTSA voiced concerns, which prompted Tesla to issue an Autopilot recall in December. According to the agency, Tesla’s solution gives vehicle owners the option to accept alterations and quickly undo the company’s actions. Furthermore, Tesla addressed the NHTSA’s earlier concerns about the defect probe with separate Autopilot patches that had nothing to do with the December recall. The purpose of the NHTSA’s latest investigation is to ascertain why these modifications were left out of the original recall.
This is not the first time that the NHTSA has criticized Tesla for rolling out Autopilot improvements without formally initiating a recall. Tesla released a software fix in September 2021, not long after the EPA started looking into the flaws in the system.

 

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