U.S. agency upgrades Tesla autopilot safety review, prior to recall

WASHINGTON, June 9 (Reuters) – The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said on Thursday it would upgrade its survey to 830,000 Tesla. (TSLA.O) Vehicles with its advanced driver assistance system auto-pilot, a necessary step before being recalled.

The Automotive Safety Agency opened an initial estimate of the system’s performance on 765,000 vehicles in August, after Tesla’s hit about a dozen parked emergency vehicles – and Said Thursday It has identified six additional accidents.

The NHTSA is developing its research into an engineering analysis that should be done before calling back if it is deemed necessary.

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Auto Safety Regulation reviews whether Tesla vehicles ensure adequate focus on drivers. In most of the accidents under review the drivers complied with Tesla’s warning strategy, which seeks to attract the driver’s attention and raises questions about its performance.

In 2020, the National Transportation Safety Board He criticized Tesla’s “ineffective monitoring of driver engagement” in the aftermath of the catastrophic autopilot crash of 2018 and said the NHTSA had provided “less oversight”.

NHTSA saidUpdate “Expanding existing crash analysis, evaluating additional data sets, conducting vehicle assessments, and exploring the extent to which human factors or behavioral safety risks can be increased by undermining the performance of driver’s supervision of automated pilot and related systems.”

Tesla, which dissolved its press offices, did not respond to a request for comment.

The NHTSA, an automated pilot, has reported 16 crashes involving Tesla vehicles and 16 deaths involving standard first responders and road maintenance vehicles.

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Democrat Sen. Ed Margie praised the NHTSA’s upgrade. “Every day Tesla ignores safety rules and misleads the public about its ‘autopilot’ system, and our roads become more dangerous,” he wrote on Twitter.

The NHTSA’s analysis showed that forward collision warnings were activated in most cases shortly before the impact, and that automatic emergency braking subsequently intervened in nearly half of the accidents.

“On average in these accidents, the autopilot loses control of the vehicle one second before the first impact,” the company added.

The NHTSA noted that “where video of the incident is available, the first responder’s approach to the scene will take an average of 8 seconds to impact the driver.”

Agency 106 also reviewed automotive pilot crashes and said that in about half of the cases, “there are signs that the driver is not responding adequately to the requirements of the dynamic driving task.”

“Driving or misusing vehicle components or operating the vehicle in an unplanned manner does not necessarily prevent a malfunction,” the company said.

A quarter of NHTSA 106 crashes were detected, and the primary crash factor seemed to be related to the operation of the system, which Tesla claims may have limitations in visibility environments other than limited access highways, such as roads or factors such as rain. , Snow or ice.

Tesla Says the automated pilot Allows vehicles to automatically brake and deflect into their lanes but not be able to drive them on their own.

An NHTSA spokesman said: “Advanced driving assistance features can improve safety by helping drivers avoid accidents and mitigate the severity of accidents, but like all technologies and equipment in motor vehicles, drivers must use them correctly and responsibly.”

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Last week, NHTSA That’s what it asked Tesla Questions must be answered by June 20 after receiving 758 reports of unexpected brake activation linked to the auto pilot in a separate trial of 416,000 new vehicles.

Separately, the NHTSA has opened 35 special crash investigations into incidents involving Tesla vehicles, including those suspected of involving an autopilot or other advanced organization in 14 deaths from 2016, including an accident that killed three people last month in California.

NHTSA asked a dozen other automakers, including General Motors (GM.N) Toyota Motor Corporation (7203.d) And Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) Answer questions about “driving involvement and care strategies” during the Tesla study using driving assistance systems but did not publish their answers.

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Report by David Shepherdson; Editing by Phil Bergrod, Bernadette Bam and Sisu Nomiyama

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