Seeking to expand its investigation into Tesla’s Autopilot, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is requesting advanced driver assistance data from 12 automakers.
The government is investigating dozens of accidents involving a Tesla car colliding with emergency vehicles.
The agency’s Bureau of Defects Investigations sent Messages To a dozen major car manufacturers, including Ford, General Motors, Toyota and Volkswagen, it is requesting information on Level II driver assistance systems, in which a vehicle can control steering, braking and acceleration simultaneously under certain conditions.
Automakers are required to provide the number of vehicles with Tier 2 systems manufactured in the United States, as well as the total number of miles covered by those participating systems with an up-to-date list of any changes or updates.
NHTSA also requests customer complaints, field reports, malfunction reports, and any litigation related to Tier 2 systems.
The data request comes less than two weeks after the National Highway Safety Administration sent a request to Tesla to provide data about the operation of its autopilot system, including details of vehicles sold equipped with the autopilot as well as operating data for the system.
The agency’s investigation against the company can have wide-ranging implications. That pushed the boundaries in releasing beta programs to untrained clients in order to advance its vision of autonomous driving.
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The investigation of the self-driving problem of Tesla grows up
The National Highway Safety Administration’s investigation covers an estimated 765,000 Tesla vehicles launched from 2014 to 2021.
The agency is looking at 12 incidents in which vehicle owners using the company’s automated pilot features collided with stationary emergency vehicles. As a result, 17 people were injured and one person died.
Most of these incidents occurred after dark. The software ignores scene control measures including warning lights, flares, cones, and an illuminated arrow panel.
The company has until October 22 to submit the data. US-based automakers such as Ford, General Motors and Stellants have until November 3rd. All other automakers, such as Toyota, Nissan, Honda and Subaru, have until November 17th.
Automakers who fail to comply could face civil penalties of up to $115 million.
Automakers must describe the types of roads and driving conditions where the systems are intended to be used. and the methods and techniques used to prevent use outside the scope of the customer’s specific operational design.
In addition, automakers should provide an overview of their approach to enforcing driver involvement or attention while using the systems.
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