The United States extends investigation into Tesla for colliding with emergency vehicles

US Highway Safety Agency (NHTSA) The investigation into Tesla’s case has extended the liability of the driver assistance systems in its cars in several accidents involving emergency vehicles, according to documents released Thursday.

The investigation, which opened last year, is moving from a preliminary evaluation case to engineering analysis, the last stage before a final call for review, and details a memo on the agency’s website.

The NHTSA It will also evaluate additional data and perform its own reviews to clarify to what extent the Autopilot or other driving assistance systems for Tesla Increased human or behavioral risks that compromise the effectiveness of driver supervision.”

The autopilot system should help the driver track the lane of the road and keep safe distances from other vehicles, although Tesla states that the driver must remain vigil at all times.

The investigation also covers a greater number of cars (830,000, models S, X, 3 and Y, from the years 2014 to 2022, instead of 765,000) and more accidents with the emergency vehicles involved (16 instead of 11).

The NHTSA It had opened its investigation in August 2021 to evaluate the autopilot system after a backlog of car accidents Tesla With first aid vehicles.

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