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After more crashes, US regulator upgrades Tesla Autopilot safety investigation

A probe into 830,000 Tesla vehicles with an Autopilot advanced driver assistance system was updated Thursday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the regulator said. Moving appears to be the required step before he orders a recall. After a dozen crashes where Tesla vehicles hit stationary emergency vehicles, a preliminary assessment to gauge system performance was launched by the motor vehicle safety agency in 765,000 vehicles.

On Thursday, the agency identified six more crashes and upgraded its probe to technical analysis. The regulator is trying to determine whether Tesla vehicles ensure drivers are paying attention. Evidence suggests drivers in most crashes complied with Tesla’s warning strategy, which seeks to get the driver’s attention, the agency added. This raises questions about the effectiveness of the “autopilot”.

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The upgrade is to “expand existing crash analysis, evaluate additional data sets, perform vehicle assessments, and explore the extent to which Autopilot and related Tesla systems may exacerbate human factors or crash risks.” behavioral safety by compromising the effectiveness of driver supervision,” NHTSA said. “On average, in these accidents, the autopilot interrupted control of the vehicle less than one second before the first impact,” the agency added.

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“Every day Tesla disregards safety rules and misleads the public about its ‘autopilot’ system, our roads become more dangerous,” Democratic Sen. Ed Markey said on Twitter, while praising the update. NHTSA level.

(With agency contributions)

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