The US government has launched an investigation into Tesla’s autonomous driving capabilities. The reason is that there have been reports of problems recognizing parked emergency vehicles.
Since 2018, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has recorded 11 crashes in which Teslas was on autopilot. Electric cars collided with emergency vehicles with hazard lights, an arrow truck, or traffic cones that stopped on the road.
In those accidents, a total of 17 people were injured and one died. A total of 765,000 vehicles are being investigated, virtually all Teslas sold in the US since 2014.
Tesla and other manufacturers using the same technology have been warning users for years to stay alert when the autopilot is on to intervene at any time.
Previously, the NHTSA has already opened an investigation into the involuntary acceleration of Teslas. In the end, it turned out not to be a software bug, but because human errors.
Self-driving cars have all kinds of sensors on board to ensure they can see around them. We explain what techniques they are and what they do in this video, which we did earlier:
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