The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has requested a wide-ranging set of data from Tesla regarding its Autopilot driver assistance system as the government agency pushes forward with its investigation into Autopilot-involved crashes. NHTSA is currently looking into a handful of crashes in which Teslas, apparently operating with Autopilot engaged, crashed into parked emergency vehicles and caused injuries or other damage. Tesla has until October 22 to hand over the data, which includes details on which of the vehicles it has sold are equipped with Autopilot as well as the system’s operating parameters.
In a public document that was also sent directly to Tesla, NHTSA asks the company to provide a list of every Tesla outfitted with the company’s self-driving tech, including which hardware and software versions the car uses, as well as information on every crash the company is aware of involving a vehicle equipped with Autopilot. NHTSA has also asked for precise details of Autopilot’s operating limits, including the maximum steering angle and maximum rates of acceleration and braking. The document also requests details about how the Autopilot system interacts with the driver, including a list of situations that would cause the system to disengage, and details of how and when driver inputs can override the Autopilot functions.
The NHTSA investigation is focused on 12 crashes between Teslas and stopped emergency vehicles. When the investigation launched a few weeks ago, only 11 crashes were under investigation. But a collision between a Model 3 and a highway patrol car in Orlando, Florida last Saturday became the 12th crash on NHTSA’s list. The owner of the Model 3 claimed Autopilot was engaged at the time of the crash. For the full story, check out this article from Car And Driver.