Tesla reportedly submitted information to US regulators to disclose a fatal crash related to the Automated Assisted Driving system.
Seventeen people have died since June 2021, when US regulators asked Tesla to report data on crashes involving the automated driving system.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) had already asked Tesla to submit more information when a Tesla Model S collided with an emergency vehicle in the San Francisco Bay Area in February this year. According to information disclosed by NHTSA, there have been a total of 66 accidents related to Tesla’s L2 system.
Washington safety advocates have called on regulators and lawmakers to establish stricter regulations for driverless cars and driverless technology, and the Tesla Autopilot system is within the scope of those regulations.
On 31 December last year, Elon Musk tweeted a hint that the FSD system would be upgraded in April this year so that the system would not warn even when hands are off the wheel. In response, the NHTSA questioned Elon Musk in January this year to explain the matter.
On its website, Tesla stresses that Autopilot and full driverless functionality is for the attentive driver, who must keep both hands on the wheel and be ready to take over the car at all times.