The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration is now investigating Tesla for a number of high-profile crashes recently, most prominently the fatal crash of Joshua Brown behind the wheel of his Model S on Autopilot. The auto maker is required to file all the required documentation in the coming weeks. Some of the answers are due by July 29, whereas others are due by August 26. No citation was issued to the drivers because the trooper believed any citation would be void if the vehicle was operating on Autopilot as claimed by the driver.
In the letter, NHTSA also asked Tesla for details on any modification to the Autopilot system that Tesla has made.
According to the automaker, "as road conditions became increasingly uncertain, the vehicle again alerted the driver to put his hands on the wheel". It is important to consider that the Tesla Autopilot is a significant advancement in the history of human history. Its stock was little changed at $224.65 a share, a decline of less than 0.1 percent.
Tesla Motors Inc. said one of its self-driving vehicles was involved in a crash, the second since June, but that it has no plans to disable the car's autopilot feature. The company is reportedly working on an "explanatory blog", providing more awareness on the Autopilot's goal and functions, and explaining what Model S and Model X owners should expect from it.
Despite that acknowledgment by the company, as the federal agency pushes for answers about the accident and whether the Autopilot system failed to work properly, Tesla officials continue to say that the technology is safe.
A truck driven by Frank Baressi, 62 of Tampa, made a left turn in front of the Tesla when the accident occurred. If not, should Tesla take further steps to ensure that drivers understand the gravity of the situation-and if so, what are those steps? The company says that before Autopilot can be used, drivers must acknowledge that it's an "assist feature" that requires both hands on the wheel at all times.
In a July 10 tweet, Musk wrote that what "beta" means for Tesla is "any system w (with) less than 1B miles of real world driving".
Another Tesla Model X crashed while in Autopilot mode. The NTSB, best known for examining airline crashes and train wrecks, has a team of investigators headed to Florida to look into the crash starting Tuesday, said spokeman Christopher O'Neal.
That may be true, but a number of Tesla vehicle crashes lately are certainly adding to the company's track record.