Tesla Mannequin 3s. (David Paul Morris/Bloomberg Information)
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Tesla Inc. disclosed to U.S. regulators one other deadly crash involving automated driver-assist programs, bringing its complete to 17 since June 2021 when the federal government required carmakers to start submitting information on these accidents.
The crash concerned a Tesla Mannequin S that collided with an emergency automobile in February within the San Francisco Bay Space. On the time of the accident, the Nationwide Freeway Site visitors Security Administration requested the corporate for extra data.
The crash was one in every of 66 reported accidents that have been included within the newest public launch of knowledge collected by NHTSA about crashes involving so-called Stage 2 automated driving programs, gathered underneath a June 2021 order demanding carmakers and know-how corporations report the incidents.
Tesla didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
Security advocates in Washington have known as for regulators and lawmakers to set firmer guidelines for so-called self-driving automobiles and applied sciences which might be gaining reputation. These embrace Tesla’s Autopilot driver-assist function.
NHTSA stated in January that it had requested Tesla a few Dec. 31 tweet from its CEO, Elon Musk, wherein he indicated the corporate’s so-called “full self-driving” program is likely to be upgraded as quickly as April with a strategy to disable an alert when drivers take away their fingers from the steering wheel.
Tesla’s web site says Autopilot and its full-self driving function are “supposed to be used with a completely attentive driver, who has their fingers on the wheel and is ready to take over at any second.”
NHTSA’s request for extra data from Tesla is a part of an ongoing investigation courting to August 2021 that’s wanting into how Autopilot handles crash scenes following collisions with first responder and different automobiles.
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