The United States is organizing a security check on Tesla’s proprietary autopilot. Local oversight has stepped up after a series of accidents involving Tesla electric cars equipped with autonomous driving technology.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in the United States has asked 12 major automakers for information on advanced driver assistance systems in their vehicles. This, the administration explained, is part of an investigation into accidents involving Tesla aids.
NHTSA has sent out emails to GM, Toyota, Ford, VW and others as it conducts “benchmarking” with other production vehicles equipped with autopilot, according to Reuters.
Car manufacturers are being asked to provide information on accidents involving driver assistance systems.
And the supervisory authority is also interested in how exactly car manufacturers and their driver’s assistants control that the driver is involved in driving a car. Tesla has been criticized for how it is promoting its advanced driver aids. They get names like “Autopilot” and “Full Self-Government”, which is not true.
Currently, the most advanced version of the brand’s autonomous driving technology belongs to level 2+ and is not a full-fledged autopilot, when the driver may not follow the road at all.
At the same time, brand customers, hearing the word “autopilot”, overestimate the electronics in their electric cars and begin to do dangerous things, for example, falling asleep while driving. An NHTSA investigation could reveal whether Tesla’s driver assist problems are unique to Tesla or part of an industry problem.