U.S. Regulators Investigating Tesla ‘Full Self-Driving Mode’ Crash
Federal regulators in the U.S. are investigating the report of a crash involving a Tesla driver who said his vehicle was engaged in “full self-driving” mode at the time of the collision.
The driver, who was beta testing the “full self-driving” software in his sport utility vehicle, says the car veered into the wrong lane while making a left turn. He said no one was hurt, but the SUV was severely damaged when it struck another vehicle.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration launched the probe after receiving a complaint from the driver, according to the Associated Press.
“The inquiry is another sign that NHTSA is becoming more aggressive in watching autonomous and partially automated driving systems under President Joe Biden,” the AP reports. “In the past the agency has been reluctant to regulate the systems, saying that it didn’t want to delay potentially life-saving technology.”
NHTSA is also investigating 12 accidents in which Teslas crashed into parked emergency vehicles, to determine how much the vehicles’ Autopilot driver-assist systems were involved. Other accidents in California, Texas and Florida have reportedly been linked to the driver-assist technology and motorists possibly taking their eyes off the road.
“Full self-driving” is billed as more advanced than Autopilot, but Tesla maintains that it still requires a fully attentive driver.
NHTSA is additionally looking into a supposed requirement that “full self-driving” beta testers not disclose information about the software and how it works. That inquiry reflects concerns that such a gag order could make it difficult for regulators to investigate.
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The Tesla investigations highlight the wide range of defects that are often lurking in new and used cars and do not become apparent to owners until long after the vehicles are purchased.
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