Tesla’s troubles with the NHTSA will not be ending anytime quickly, it appears. Earlier this month, the company pressed Tesla to share extra detailed details about its driver help tech to assist with ongoing investigations. The federal physique initially opened an investigation into Tesla and its self-driving tech following a sequence of accidents, a lot of which proved to be deadly.
In June 2023, the NHTSA launched a first-of-its-kind database documenting all automobile accidents involving automated driver help methods in automotive. Notably, Tesla automobiles accounted for all such crashes on the U.S. soil, with the official figures standing at 273 accidents.
Proper now, Tesla affords its drover help tech in three kinds: Autopilot, Full Self Driving, and Full Self Driving (FSD) Beta. The latter is probably the most controversial of the lot, with impartial specialists and researchers accusing the model of transport a half-baked experimental function that places lives at stake.
Nonetheless, all three fall beneath “ADS Degree 2” classification by NHTSA. Tesla automobiles are liable for the very best variety of crashes involving automobiles with ADS Degree 2 tech, with the quantity standing at 870, as per the NHTSA’s “Standing Basic Order on Crash Reporting” database.
Tesla’s Autopilot tech is reportedly liable for a disproportionately excessive variety of deaths in comparison with driver help options supplied by rival carmakers. Furthermore, other than the NHTSA, the U.S. Justice Division has launched its personal investigation, asking the corporate for “paperwork associated to Tesla’s Autopilot and FSD options.”