US authorities open investigation into Tesla’s autopilot – E24

US authorities open investigation into Tesla's autopilot - E24

Tesla stock falls in pre-opening trading following the news.


The US Automobile Inspectorate, NHTSA, has begun an investigation into Tesla’s autopilot, according to the authority’s website.

The investigation concerns the autopilot system of the Tesla Model Y, X, S and 3, which were produced between 2014 and 2021 – about 765,000 cars.

The authority wrote that it had recorded 11 cases in which a Tesla car collided with one or more cars at accident sites. Most of these accidents occurred when it was dark outside, and during the construction of traffic lights and cones.

In these accidents, 17 injuries and one death were recorded, according to the authority.

NHTSA wrote that all Tesla vehicles in question had autopilot or cruise control in operation en route to accidents.

Tesla shares fell 1.8 percent in pre-opening trading on Wall Street after the news.

In the investigation, the authority will look at, among other things, the eleven accidents that were recorded, and the technology and methods used to monitor and assist the driver using autopilot.

NHTSA previously investigated Telsa’s autopilot after a fatal accident in 2016, and gave the system the green light the following year, he writes Bloomberg.

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