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Federal Agency requests data on Tesla’s autopilot technology

Posted on Jul 13, 2016

The New York Times reports on the front page of its business section that Federal officials are stepping up “their investigation of the fatal crash of a driver operating a Tesla car with its Autopilot system engaged.” The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) “on Tuesday released a detailed set of questions for the carmaker about its automated driving system, particularly the emergency braking function.” The nine-page letter the agency sent Tesla indicated that the NHTSA “was investigating whether there are defects in the various crash-prevention systems related to Autopilot.” The article mentions that the NTSB, “which more typically investigates airline accidents,” is also investigating the crash.