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Tesla’s with Autopilot a step closer to recall after wrecks

Teslas with Autopilot

Tesla’s partially automated driving systems are one step closer to being recalled after the US stepped up its investigation into a series of collisions with parked emergency vehicles or trucks with warning signs. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said on Thursday that it has upgraded the Tesla probe to an engineering analysis, another sign of the electric vehicle manufacturer’s increased scrutiny and automated systems that do at least some driving tasks.

Documents released by the agency on 9th June raise some serious issues about Tesla’s Autopilot system. The agency found that it was used in areas where its capabilities were limited and that many drivers did not take action to prevent accidents despite warnings from the vehicle.

The probe now includes 830,000 vehicles, in Austin, Texas, pretty much everything the automaker has sold in the US since the start of the 2014 model year.

According to NHTSA, 16 accidents occurred, crashing into emergency vehicles and trucks with warning signs, injuring 15 people, and killing one.

Additional data from investigators will assess vehicle performance and “discover the extent to which Autopilot and related Tesla systems may exacerbate human factors or behavioral safety risks that undermine the effectiveness of driver supervision,” the agency said.

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