The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has launched an investigation into a fatal accident involving a Tesla, according to documents viewed by TechCrunch.
The investigation, launched in July, is the latest in a long line of NHTSA investigations into accidents involving Tesla vehicles. A 2018 Tesla Model 3 was involved in this fatal accident that killed a pedestrian in California.
Those of the NHTSA Special Accident Investigation Program (SCI). focuses on cases useful for examining specific crash circumstances or outcomes from an engineering perspective. The authority currently has 45 open SCI cases relating to driver assistance systems or automated driving. Of these, 36 relate to Tesla vehicles. Eleven of the Tesla crashes claimed 15 lives.
Tesla’s advanced driver assistance system, known as Autopilot, is coming under increasing scrutiny from federal regulators. Last month, NHTSA “upgraded” its investigation of Tesla’s autopilot after discovering new incidents of electric vehicles crashing into parked first responder vehicles.
The Agency said in a statement that it expanded its preliminary assessment of Tesla Autopilot systems to include a technical analysis. This means NHTSA will expand its existing accident analysis, review additional datasets and conduct vehicle assessments, as well as assess whether Autopilot and associated Tesla systems could exacerbate human factors or behavioral safety risks by undermining the effectiveness of driver supervision, the agency said.
Escalation is a critical and required step before NHTSA can initiate a recall. An estimated 830,000 Tesla vehicles are involved in the probe, according to agency documents.
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