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Tesla's Autopilot probed over emergency vehicle crashes


It has been reported by a consumer that a Tesla Model Y was involved in an accident while driving with the company's Full Self-Driving (FSD) Beta software. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in the United States has stated that it is investigating the report.


In a report to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the owner of a 2021 Tesla Model Y stated that on Nov. 3 in Brea, California, the vehicle was operating in FSD Beta mode and that "while making a left turn, the car entered the wrong lane and I was struck by another driver in the adjacent lane."


According to the report, the vehicle "alerted the driver halfway through the turn," and the driver attempted to regain control, but "the vehicle took control on its own and forced itself into the incorrect lane." The owner went on to say that the driver's side of the vehicle had been severely damaged by the accident.


"The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is aware of the consumer complaint and is contacting the manufacturer for additional information," a spokesperson for the agency told Reuters on Friday.


In response to a request for comment, Tesla did not immediately respond.


Early this month, Tesla recalled nearly 12,000 vehicles in the United States due to a communication error that could result in a false collision warning or unanticipated automatic emergency braking.


The recall was prompted by a software update for vehicles equipped with FSD Beta that was made available to the public. By the end of October, more than 99.8 percent of the recalled vehicles had received a software update that resolved the issue, and no further action was required on Tesla's part.


Although Tesla's FSD is an advanced driver assistance system that assists drivers with certain tasks, the company claims that the system does not fully automate vehicles. According to the company, the features "require a driver to be completely attentive at all times."


The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) expressed concern last month about the manner in which FSD was being used. It is currently being used on public roads, despite Tesla's designation of FSD as "beta," according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).


The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) launched a formal safety investigation into Tesla's Autopilot, a different driver assistance software system, in August following a dozen crashes involving Tesla models and emergency vehicles.

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