The US government has opened a formal investigation into Tesla’s driver-assistance system known as Autopilot after several reported collisions with parked emergency vehicles. The investigation covers a total of 765,000 cars, everything that Tesla has sold in the US since the beginning of their 2014 model year. The fatalities included one dead and 17 injured, reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
The driver of a Tesla Model 3 was involved in a fatal crash that California highway authorities said may have been operating on Autopilot. The driver posted several social media videos of himself riding in the car without his hands on the wheel or foot on the pedal. The crash in Fontana in May was another incident reported which is also currently under investigation. The probe is the 29th case involving a Tesla that the federal agency has probed.
“Most incidents took place after dark and the crash scenes encountered included scene control measures such as first responder vehicle lights, flares, an illuminated arrow board, and road cones,” the agency said.