US regulators move a step closer to recalling Tesla vehicles with Autopilot automated driving systems
Teslas with semi-autonomous driving systems are one step closer to being recalled
After the US stepped up its inquiry into a number of crashes with parked emergency vehicles or trucks with warning signals.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced on Thursday that the Tesla investigation has been upgraded to an engineering analysis
Indicating that the electric vehicle maker and automated systems that conduct at least some driving responsibilities are being scrutinised more closely.
Documents posted on Thursday by the US agency raise some serious issues about Tesla's Autopilot system.
The agency discovered that it was being utilised in regions where its capabilities were limited
That many drivers were failing to take action to avoid collisions despite the vehicle's warnings.
The investigation has now expanded to include practically all of the Austin
Texas-based automaker's vehicles sold in the United States since the start of the 2014 model year.
After a series of collisions involving Teslas using the company's Autopilot or Traffic Aware Cruise Control systems since 2018
NHTSA launched an investigation in August of last year after first responders deployed flashing lights, flares, an illuminated arrow board, or cones to warn of hazards.