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News: 'Extensive' Tesla Autopilot probe proceeding quickly, U.S. official says

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'Extensive' Tesla Autopilot probe proceeding quickly, U.S. official says

'Extensive' Tesla Autopilot probe proceeding quickly, U.S. official says

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Pictured is a Tesla Model S during a Tesla event in Palo Alto, California on October 14, 2015. (Beck Diefenbach/Reuters/CNN)
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Updated Jan. 10, 2023 11:45 a.m. EST
Published Jan. 10, 2023 11:22 a.m. EST

The acting head of the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) told reporters on Monday that the regulatory agency is 'working really fast' on the Tesla Autopilot investigation it opened in August 2021.

"We're investing a lot of resources," said NHTSA acting head Ann Carlson in comments to reporters on the sidelines of an event in Washington. She declined to commit to a particular timeframe on when the probe will be resolved. "The resources require a lot of technical expertise, actually some legal noveltyand so we're moving as quickly as we can, but we also want to be careful and make sure we have all the information we need."

In June, NHTSA upgraded to an engineering analysis its defect probe into 830,000 Tesla vehicles with driver assistance system Autopilot and involving crashes with parked emergency vehicles. That step was necessary before the agency could demand a recall.

NHTSA is reviewing whether Tesla vehicles adequately ensure drivers are paying attention. Previously, the agency said evidence suggested drivers in most crashes under review had complied with Tesla's alert strategy that seeks to compel driver attention, raising questions about its effectiveness.

Carlson confirmed the agency was in discussions with Tesla about a Dec. 31 tweet that Chief Executive Elon Musk wrote about a driver monitoring function.

Carlson, who has been general counsel of the agency since early 2021, became acting administrator of NHTSA in September.

A Dec. 31 tweet suggested drivers with more than 10,000 miles using Tesla's "Full Self-Driving" (FSD) software system should be able to disable the "steering wheel nag," an alert that instructs drivers to hold the wheel to confirm they are paying attention. Musk responded: "Agreed, update coming in Jan."

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A major software recall might be devastating for Tesla because they probably never even considered the thought.
There is need for hardware not just software... his vision about using only camera eyes are not very redundant approach ( no wonder why ghost braking are happening). No owner of any Tesla should be beta tester on any public roads.... This type of beta testing on public roads should be regulated by laws and appropriate signs visible on the vehicle. I have experienced more than once brakes coming on for no reason driving Tesla vehicles..... and B mode without foot brake blending is very bad ( no matter how experienced someone is using it, humans do not doo well gas pedal manipulation when driving for multiple hours straight).
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If that’s the case, they may have to just disable the autopilot software altogether…
In Germany 🇩🇪 where I'm from, Tesla Auto pilot is limited with what they are doing in other countries. We take safety of other people on public roads seriously and our legislations require way more air bags than US. If you experience ghost braking and police vehicle is following you will get ticket for negligent driving. Any Beta tester for Tesla is fully liable for any issues being his fault or fault of Tesla software in case of accident. There is good history of accidents where drivers of Tesla Auto pilot system are serving long prison times. Also not long ago January 2023 year Tesla mobile fast DC charger on the Semi low boy trailer has gone in thermal overrun and burned was in California can't remember the city.
But Tesla advocates are keeping quiet 🤫.
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