The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has directed Tesla to turn over detailed autopilot data by Oct. 22 or else it will face fines of up to $ 115 million, according to The New York Times. In August, NHTSA announced that it is investigating incidents in which Tesla vehicles with activated autopilot collided with parked first aid vehicles with flashing lights. The agency originally cited 11 such crashes, resulting in 17 injuries and one death since 2018, but a twelfth incident occurred this Saturday alone.
In a letter it sent to the automaker, NHTSA told Tesla to produce detailed information on how the driver assistance system works. You want to know how you ensure that human drivers keep their eyes on the road while the autopilot is on and if there are limits to where it can be used. The feds have long criticized Tesla for not having the safety measures in place to make sure human drivers keep their hands on the wheel. A few months ago, the company finally activated the rearview mirror-mounted camera on Model 3 and Model Y vehicles to “detect and alert driver inattention while the autopilot is engaged.” Also, the autopilot is only designed for highway use, but there is nothing to stop drivers from using it on local roads.
In addition to detailed autopilot data, NHTSA also asks for information on how many cars Tesla has sold in the U.S. It wants to know all the autopilot-related arbitration or lawsuit proceedings the company has been involved in, along with with all the complaints Tesla has received from customers about driver assistance technology.
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