NHTSA Probes Another Tesla Motors Crash Over Possible Autopilot Use

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NHTSA Probes Another Tesla Motors Crash Over Possible Autopilot Use
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Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) was not even out of the first problem, and here comes the second. On Wednesday, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said it is probing a July 1 crash in Pennsylvania of a Model X to find out if the automated functions were in use at the time of the crash. Currently, the NHTSA is also investigating a May 7 fatality of a Model S driver using Autopilot.

Not possible to learn more without onboard logs: Tesla Motors

Tesla said in a statement that based on the information “we have now, we have no reason to believe that Autopilot had anything to do with this accident.” Autopilot function is a semi-autonomous technology that helps drivers steer and stay in lanes.

Tesla said it received an automated alert from the car suggesting the use of airbags, but it doesn’t have logs containing information on the state of the vehicle controls. This would have indicated whether Autopilot was on or off. The EV firm said it made efforts to reach the car’s owner but so far has been unsuccessful.

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In the Pennsylvania crash, the Model X struck a turnpike guard rail and then veered across many traffic lanes and into the median where it landed