Federal Authorities Launch Probe Into Tesla’s Autopilot System Following Crashes

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has opened a formal probe into Tesla’s partially automated driving system after a series of collisions with parked emergency vehicles. According to an NHTSA document issued on Aug. 13 (pdf), the agency’s Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) has opened a probe that encompasses 765,000 Tesla vehicles. In the document, the agency said it had identified 11 crashes in which various Tesla models approached locations where emergency crews were responding to incidents and then struck one or more vehicles at the scene. A total of 17 people were injured in the crashes and one person was killed. Most of the crashes took place after dark, and involved scenes where first responders used flashing lights, flares, an illuminated arrow board, or cones warning of hazards. The probe will include examining the contributing circumstances. All involved Tesla vehicles were confirmed to have been engaged in either …

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