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NHTSA asks 12 automakers for assistance in Tesla probe

Posted in REVIEWS on September 14, 2021
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WASHINGTON — The U.S. auto safety regulator said Tuesday it has asked 12 major automakers for assistance as part of its probe into crashes involving Tesla vehicles striking emergency vehicles while using advanced driver assistance systems like Autopilot. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) sent letters to General Motors, Toyota, Ford, Volkswagen and others with questions as the agency conducts a "comparative analysis" with other "production vehicles equipped with the ability to control both Read More »

Feds ask Tesla to explain how Autopilot responds to emergency vehicles

Posted in REVIEWS on September 1, 2021
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DETROIT — The U.S. government's highway safety agency wants detailed information on how Tesla's Autopilot system detects and responds to emergency vehicles parked on highways. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration made the request in an 11-page letter sent to the electric car maker that was dated Tuesday. The letter is part of a wide-ranging investigation into how the company's partially automated driving system behaves when first responder vehicles are parked on roadways. The agency Read More »

Another Tesla on Autopilot slammed into a police car last weekend

Posted in REVIEWS on August 30, 2021
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ORLANDO, Florida — A Tesla using its partially automated driving system slammed into a Florida Highway Patrol cruiser Saturday on an interstate near downtown Orlando and narrowly missed its driver, who had pulled over to assist a disabled vehicle. Earlier this month, the U.S. government opened a formal investigation into Tesla's Autopilot driving system after a series of similar collisions with parked emergency vehicles. The trooper whose cruiser was hit shortly before 5 a.m. Saturday Read More »

Senators call for FTC probe of Tesla 'Full Self-Driving' overstatements

Posted in REVIEWS on August 18, 2021
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SAN FRANCISCO — Two U.S. senators on Wednesday pressed the Federal Trade Commission to probe Tesla, saying the company has misled consumers and endangered the public by marketing its driving automation systems as fully self-driving. "Tesla and (CEO) Mr. (Elon) Musk’s repeated overstatements of their vehicle’s capabilities ... put Tesla drivers – and all of the traveling public – at risk of serious injury or death," Senate Democrats Richard Blumenthal and Edward Markey said in Read More »

Does Tesla Autopilot investigation signal a new get-tough NHTSA?

Posted in REVIEWS on August 17, 2021
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This Tesla istruck a parked Laguna Beach police vehicle in 2018. (Laguna Beach PD) The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s investigation into the involvement of Tesla Autopilot in car accidents signals a more activist approach to regulating auto safety — particularly new technologies — by the Biden administration. NHTSA, which announced the Tesla probe Monday, opened 26 probes into various auto and highway safety issues so far this year — more than in all of Read More »

NHTSA opens formal probe of Tesla Autopilot emergency vehicle crashes

Posted in REVIEWS on August 16, 2021
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DETROIT — The U.S. government has opened a formal investigation into Tesla's Autopilot partially automated driving system after a series of collisions with parked emergency vehicles. The investigation covers 765,000 vehicles, almost everything that Tesla has sold in the U.S. since the start of the 2014 model year. Of the crashes identified by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration as part of the probe, 17 people were injured and one was killed. NHTSA says it Read More »

NHTSA orders crash reporting for cars with automated or driver-assist systems

Posted in REVIEWS on June 29, 2021
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DETROIT — The U.S. government's highway safety agency has ordered automakers to report any crashes involving fully autonomous vehicles or partially automated driver assist systems. The move Tuesday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicates the agency is taking a tougher stance on automated vehicle safety than in the past. It's been reluctant to issue any regulations of the new technology for fear of hampering adoption of the potentially life-saving technology. The order requires Read More »

NHTSA lists its investigations into 30 Tesla crashes, 10 of them deadly

Posted in REVIEWS on June 18, 2021
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WASHINGTON — U.S. auto safety regulators said on Thursday they have opened 30 investigations into Tesla crashes involving 10 deaths since 2016 where advanced driver assistance systems were suspected of use. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released a list offering details about crashes under review by its Special Crash Investigations programs. The agency had already confirmed some specific Tesla crash investigations but had not previously released to Reuters a full accounting of all Read More »

California DMV investigates Tesla 'Full Self-Driving' for truth in advertising

Posted in REVIEWS on May 18, 2021
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LOS ANGELES — California's Department of Motor Vehicles is reviewing whether Tesla is violating a state regulation by advertising its vehicles as being fully autonomous without meeting the legal definition of self-driving. The department confirmed the review Monday in an email to The Associated Press. State regulation prohibits advertising vehicles for sale or lease as autonomous if they can't comply with the regulatory definition, it said. And in fact, Tesla has already admitted to the Read More »

Man in backseat of driverless Tesla arrested as feds probe latest crash

Posted in REVIEWS on May 12, 2021
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LOS ANGELES — Federal safety regulators are sending a team to California to investigate a fatal freeway crash involving a Tesla, just after authorities near Oakland arrested a man in another Tesla rolling down a freeway with no one behind the steering wheel. Experts say both cases raise pressure on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to take action on Tesla's partially automated driving system called Autopilot, which has been involved in multiple crashes that Read More »