The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said that since 2018, it has identified 11 car accidents in which Tesla crashed into the scene where emergency rescuers used lights and flares on the autopilot.
After a series of collisions between Tesla’s electric cars and parked emergency vehicles in the past few years have raised concerns, the US government conducted a formal safety investigation into Tesla’s partial autonomous driving system on Monday.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), since January 2018, 11 accidents have been detected, among which Tesla used the vehicle’s autopilot or traffic sensing cruise control system to use lights, flares, and luminous The arrow board or cone serves as a warning signal.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in a statement: “In the process of approaching the crash, all the subject vehicles involved were confirmed to use autopilot or traffic-aware cruise control systems.” “The investigation will be used for the assessment. Techniques and methods to monitor, assist and force drivers to participate in dynamic driving tasks during Autopilot operations.”
NHTSA stated that 17 people were injured and 1 person died in these crashes. The 11 crashes include 4 this year, the most recent being in San Diego, California last month.
The investigation involved Tesla’s 765,000 vehicles in the United States, which is almost all the vehicles the company has sold in the country since the start of the 2014 model year. The Tesla Models Y, X, S and 3 from 2014 to 2021 are part of the detector.
The autopilot in Tesla cars can handle some driving tasks and allow the driver to cruise with both hands off the steering wheel. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) stated that since 2016, the system has been operating on at least three Tesla vehicles involved in fatal U.S. car accidents.
Since 2016, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has sent a team to review 31 Tesla crashes, in which 10 people were killed, and some of them involved autonomous driving assistance systems.
On Monday, the agency issued a severe warning stating that “no commercial motor vehicle can drive autonomously today.”
NHTSA said: “Every available vehicle requires a human driver to be under control at all times, and all state laws require a human driver to be responsible for the operation of the vehicle.”
The NTSB, who has no law enforcement powers and can only make recommendations, suggested that NHTSA and Tesla restrict the use of Autopilot to areas where it can be operated safely, and suggested that Tesla implement a better system to ensure the driver’s attention.
Autopilot is often misused by Tesla drivers. When a Tesla was driving on a California highway, the driver was found to be drunk and even sitting in the back seat.
Tesla and other manufacturers warn that drivers using these systems must be ready to intervene at any time.
NHTSA investigations may lead to recalls or other enforcement actions.
Tesla shares fell on Wall Street in early trading on Monday.