The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA) has announced it is formally investigating Tesla’s Autopilot Level 2 driver assistance functions, particularly in regard to Tesla crashes with parked emergency vehicles. NHSTA is aware of at least 11 crashes or fires resulting in 17 injuries and one fatality.  Close to 800,000 Tesla vehicles are covered by the investigation. The reported crashes took place between 2014 and 2021. The core problem as described by the agency are “subject vehicle crashes with in-road or roadside first responders. The involved subject vehicles were all confirmed to have been engaged in either Autopilot or Traffic Aware Cruise Control during the approach to the crashes.”

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