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Crashes Involving Tesla Autopilot, Other Driver-Assistance Systems Attract Scrutiny

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Television news coverage of the crash of a Tesla.

There has been growing concern about the safety of driver-assistance systems, in particular Teslas Autopilot.

Credit: KCBS-TV/Associated Press

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is requiring automakers to start disclosing and tracking crashes involving vehicles that use advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS).

The agency has initiated probes into about three dozen collisions of vehicles using such systems, all but six involving Teslas.

The NHTSA said automakers must furnish reports of serious collisions within a day of learning about them; provide more complete data on serious crashes involving ADAS systems within 10 days; and report on all crashes involving such systems every month.

The NHTSA's Steven Cliff said these mandates will give the agency access to data that can help rapidly identify safety problems in ADAS systems.

From The New York Times
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