Feds Probe Tesla After Series Of “Autopilot” Crashes

The Wall Street Journal reports:

U.S. auto safety regulators are investigating Tesla Inc.’s advanced driver-assistance system known as Autopilot after a series of crashes involving emergency vehicles.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in a document made public Monday that it had identified 11 crashes since early 2018 in which a Tesla vehicle using the company’s driver-assistance system struck one or more vehicles involved in an emergency-response situation.

NHTSA has been looking more closely at advanced driver-assistance systems such as Autopilot as they have become more ubiquitous and safety concerns have grown.

Read the full article. Earlier this year a Los Angeles man earned headlines for repeatedly riding in his Tesla’s backseat with nobody behind the wheel. Also that month a Tesla owner was found sleeping behind the wheel as he traveled the Wisconsin interstate at 82mph. In May, a Tesla owner died in a crash after boasting on social media about “hands-free” driving.