The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has ordered Tesla to hand over detailed autopilot data by October 22, otherwise fines of up to 115 million US dollars, according to The New York Times. Back in August, the NHTSA announced that it was investigating incidents where Tesla vehicles with activated autopilot collided with parked first aid vehicles with flashing lights. The agency originally cited 11 such accidents, resulting in 17 injuries and one death since 2018, but it wasn’t until this Saturday that a 12th incident occurred.
In a letter to the automaker, the NHTSA asked Tesla to provide detailed information on how the driver assistance system worked. It wants to know how it ensures that the human driver keeps an eye on the road while the autopilot is activated and if there are any limits to its use. US federal agencies have long criticized Tesla for not having the safety precautions in place to ensure human drivers keep their hands on the wheel. A few months ago, the company finally activated the camera mounted above the rearview mirror in the Model 3 and Model Y vehicles to “detect and warn the driver of inattentiveness while the autopilot is activated”. In addition, autopilot is only intended for use on highways, but there is nothing stopping motorists from using it on local roads.
In addition to detailed autopilot data, the NHTSA is also asking for information on how many cars Tesla has sold in the United States. It wants to know every autopilot-related arbitration or legal process the company has been involved in, as well as any complaints Tesla has received from customers about driver assistance technology.
Publisher’s Note: This post originally appeared on Engadget.
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