Traffic Safety Administration investigates 11 accidents involving Tesla autopilot
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has launched an investigation into the innovative Tesla corporation.
Over the past three years, there have been 11 car accidents in the United States involving Tesla electric cars, which at the time of the collision used assistance in driving in the form of autopilot or cruise control.
According to official information, 1 person was killed and 17 people were injured in these incidents.
"The involved subject vehicles were all confirmed to have been engaged in either Autopilot or Traffic Aware Cruise Control during the approach to the crashes," NHTSA said in a document opening the investigation.
To date, 765,000 Tesla vehicles are under investigation, which covers models Y, X, S and 3 from model years 2014 to 2021.
In earlier versions of Tesla's autopilot, NHTSA found signs that the software was not correctly recognizing the environment, resulting in 31 car accidents since the summer of 2016.
Many owners of electric cars did not care about the operating instructions, and often got into the car drunk or even slept in the back seat while the car was driving along the highway.
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