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Tesla must send a raft of new records to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration as part of its Autopilot safety investigation or face hefty fines.
if tesla The company faces “civil penalties of up to $26,315 per day per violation” for failing to provide federal agencies with information about its advanced driver assistance systems, which are sold in the U.S. as Autopilot, Full Self-Driving, and FSD Beta options. , according to NHTSA, for a series of related day-to-day violations, with a maximum award of $131,564,183.
The agency launched an investigation into Autopilot safety in 2021 after it uncovered a series of accidents in which Tesla vehicles using Autopilot collided with stationary first responder vehicles and road construction vehicles.
To date, none of Tesla’s driver assistance systems are self-driving, nor can the company’s cars act as robo-taxis like Cruise or Waymo. In contrast, Tesla vehicles require the driver to sit behind the wheel, ready to steer or brake at all times. Autopilot and FSD only control braking, steering and acceleration in limited situations.
Among other details, the federal vehicle safety agency wants information on the versions of Tesla software, hardware and other components installed in every car sold, leased or used in the U.S. between the 2014 and 2023 model years, as well as any Tesla vehicles “Date of admission to the ‘Full Self-Driving Beta’ program”.
The company’s FSD Beta includes driver assistance features that have been tested internally but not yet fully tuned. Through the FSD Beta program, Tesla uses its customers as software and vehicle safety testers, rather than relying heavily on professional safety drivers as is the industry standard.
Tesla has previously voluntarily recalled its cars over Autopilot and FSD Beta issues, promising over-the-air software updates to fix them.
A February 2023 notice on the NHTSA website stated that Tesla’s FSD Beta driver assistance system may “allow the vehicle to engage in unsafe behavior near intersections, such as going straight through an intersection on a turn-only coming to a complete stop entering an intersection controlled by a stop sign, or entering an intersection with a steady yellow traffic light on, without appropriate caution.”
According to data tracked by NHTSA, 21 known collisions have occurred Tesla vehicles equipped with the company’s driver-assistance system have had more fatalities than any other automaker offering a similar system.
according to a separate letters On Thursday, NHTSA was also reviewing a petition from a company Automotive Safety ResearcherRonald Belt asked the agency to reopen an earlier investigation to determine the root cause of the “sudden unintended acceleration” incident that had been reported to NHTSA.
During a sudden unintended acceleration event, the driver may accidentally tip the vehicle forward while stopped or traveling at a normal speed, potentially resulting in a collision.
Lars Morawy, Tesla’s vice president of automotive engineering, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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Correction: According to NHTSA, Tesla faces “civil penalties of up to $26,315 per day per violation,” and up to $131,564,183 for a series of related daily violations. An earlier version misrepresented a number.