Tesla Autopilot to be compared with 12 other systems in NHTSA probe

The inside of a Tesla Model S is proven in autopilot mode in San Francisco, California, U.S., April 7, 2016.

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As a part of its investigation into Tesla Autopilot issues of safety, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Monday requested knowledge from 12 other massive automakers about their driver help systems.

The company plans a comparative evaluation between the systems Tesla and its opponents supply, in addition to the practices they every used to develop, take a look at, and observe the protection of their driver help packages. If NHTSA determines any car (or part or system) has a flawed design or security defect, the company has the facility to mandate remembers.

According to public records, NHTSA’s Office of Defects Investigation has now queried BMW, Ford, GM, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Mercedes-Benz, (*12*), Stellantis, Subaru, Toyota and Volkswagen as a part of its Tesla Autopilot probe.

Some of those manufacturers are main Tesla opponents with widespread fashions in the rising battery electrical section of the automotive market, particularly Kia and Volkswagen in Europe.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has constantly touted¬†Autopilot as expertise that makes his firm’s electrical vehicles far much less doubtless to be concerned in an accident than others.

In April, he wrote on Twitter: “Tesla with Autopilot engaged now approaching 10 times lower chance of accident than average vehicle.”

Now, the feds will evaluate Tesla’s complete method and Autopilot design to other automakers’ practices and driver help systems.

Results of this investigation could lead on not solely to a software program recall for Tesla Autopilot, but in addition to a broader regulatory crack-down on automakers and the best way they need to develop and observe using automated driving options like traffic-aware cruise management or collision avoidance.

As CNBC beforehand reported, NHTSA initially initiated its probe of Tesla Autopilot after a sequence of crashes between Tesla autos and first responder autos left 17 folks injured and 1 particular person useless. It lately added one other collision to the listing that concerned a Tesla that veered off the street in Orlando, and narrowly missed hitting a police officer who was helping one other motorist on the facet of the street.