Tesla, a multinational automotive company, has been facing severe scrutiny over its automobiles’ controversial autopilot and full self-driving features that have allegedly killed many. Several state and federal regulators are seeking action against the electric car maker.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has upgraded its investigation from a mere preliminary analysis to an extensive engineering evaluation. NHTSA has asked Tesla to give clarification on its cabin digital camera. It is a part of the probe into 830,000 Tesla automobiles that have autopilot.
The US regulator, in a letter, asked Tesla to describe the function that the cabin digital camera performs in enforcing driver engagement and attentiveness. It also asked for clarification on how the camera’s inputs are factored into the topic operation of the system.
The letter also requested Tesla to share inputs on:
- The impression on driver engagement alert timing and sorts and its integration with the present engagement technique.
- Recoverable information components pointing to its effect both through the automobile’s onboard storage or telemetry.
- Impression on driver recoverable and alerting information if the motive force chooses not to share information from the digital camera with Tesla.
The Division of Motor Automobiles (DMV) in California accused Tesla earlier this month of operating pretend claims about its autopilot and full self-driving options. The company stated that Tesla wrongly implies that automobiles outfitted with autopilot can function autonomously.
Tesla has now responded, asking the California DMV for a hearing to present an opposition to the claims that it has misled potential prospects. The California DMV filed two separate complaints, alleging Tesla made deceptive claims about the autonomous driving capabilities of its automobiles.