Federal, state regulators put pressure on Tesla’s Autopilot safety – TechCrunch

Tesla has come under fire from federal and state regulators over both the safety and capabilities of its Autopilot advanced driver assistance system.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on Thursday asked Tesla to answer questions about its cabin camera, which is under investigation of 830,000 Tesla vehicles, including Autopilot. Tesla says the cabin camera is built with a driver monitoring system that can determine if a driver isn’t paying attention and gives them noise alerts as a reminder to keep their eyes on the road while Autopilot is engaged. Sends.

After previously relying on a system that could detect when the driver’s hand was on the steering wheel, Tesla Introduced its camera based driver monitoring system in May last year,

The NHTSA investigation also sought information about how Tesla prepares its quarterly safety reports, a recent Virginia Transportation Research Council report found misleading,

Separately, in late July, the California Department of Motor Vehicles Tesla accused of false advertising Its Autopilot and the so-called “Full Self-Driving” (FSD) system, a more advanced ADAS that summons drivers to a parking facility or navigates on autopilot, costs an additional $12,000 for automated driving features such as a ramp on a highway. Navigates cars from To off-ramp.

Tesla responded on Thursday To present a defense against claims that it misled potential customers by asking the California DMV to hear. In accordance with the DMV’s process for dealing with the allegations, Tesla has the right to request a hearing for its defense. This could lead to a settlement discussion between the department and Tesla, after which the DMV will hold a hearing with the Office of Administrative Hearings, according to a DMV spokesperson.

The increased heat on Tesla comes as NHTSA investigates 16 accidents in which Tesla owners were potentially engaging Autopilot and then crashed into stationary emergency vehicles, resulting in 15 injuries and one death. .

NHTSA’s nine-page letter demands that Tesla respond to various requests by September 19th – such as the role Tesla’s cabin camera plays in enforcing driver engagement and a detailed description of how the automaker designed and engineered the system that would enable driver engagement. Enforces the engagement and attentiveness of, “including evidence that justifies the period of time allowing the driver to remove his hand from the steering wheel before receiving the warning…”.

NHTSA asked Tesla to identify each lawsuit involving Tesla in the US in which one party alleged that a motor vehicle accident was related to Autopilot, and to describe the procedure and methodology. Tesla’s Vehicle Safety Report,

Tesla has until October 12 to send detailed information from CAN logs or video/data clips regarding each incident vehicle in a separate list provided by NHTSA. The information NHTSA is looking for includes the amount of time the autopilot was engaged, the class of the road at the time of impact and data on both the system and the driver’s behavior just before the impact.

NHTSA told TechCrunch that it could not comment on the open investigation, but that the agency “regularly sends information request letters as part of its investigation process.”

Federal, state regulators put pressure on Tesla’s Autopilot safety

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