On Monday, two Democratic U.S. Two Senators have asked the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to conduct a thorough investigation over recent crashes of Tesla’s Autopilot. Recently, Tesla Inc’s Autopilot vehicles have been surrounded by controversies amidst the recent crash.
The Two Senators urge the United States agency to probe the incidence and use the derived review to understand the necessary improvements to its driver assistance system. NHTSA declared on Monday that the agency had opened a preliminary investigation reviewing 765,000 Tesla vehicles. Tesla Vehicles are currently assumed to be the cause of 11 crashes involving the parked emergency response vehicles. The crashes have resulted in 17 total injuries, with one fatality leading to the urgency for a probe.
The 765,000 electric vehicles covered under the investigation include Model Y, 3, S, and X. as per the NHTSA analysis, the cause of accidents is the subject vehicle crashing with the in-road or roadside first responders. Tesla vehicle crash suggests an encounter of the vehicle with first responders. All of the crashed vehicles were examined to have been engaged in Autopilot mode.
The investigation covers all the crashes that occurred from 2014 to 2021, with four of the incidences reported just this year. Since Tesla has no public relations department that can deal with controversies, the tech giant has not indulged in any media discussions.
NHTSA, along with the National Traffic Safety Board, has been investigating Tesla crashes for years now as the company displays highly modern technology.