Speaker 1: The feds would like to have a little chat with Tesla about its cars running autopilot software. For years, the national highway traffic safety administration has sent special teams to crashes involving Teslas running autopilot. And now, as of today, NITSA has opened a formal investigation into these cars. Running autopilot specifically, NITSA wants to have a look at crashes involving emergency vehicles. Like when times a Tesla may crash into an emergency vehicle on the shoulder, on a highway or something like that [00:00:30] right now, NITSA says it has 11 reports of these types of crashes or fires, 17 reports of injuries, and one reported fatality. And each time one of these rashes occurred NITSA found that autopilot or Tesla's traffic aware cruise control was engaged. Total. The feds wanna look at about 765,000 Tesla vehicles. Now, of course, it's not just Tesla that has this type of technology.
Speaker 1: There's general motors, super crews, and Ford is coming out [00:01:00] with blue crews and there lots of other driver assistance aids on the markets. But Tesla's the one that always seems to garner the most attention just because well, Tesla's are pretty popular and it's a very popular EV with a lot of technology now. And it's also frankly, a little shocking it's taken nits of this long to get involved with this sort of action. NITSA often sends special teams to investigate Tesla. The crash sites when autopilot is involved and a sister regulatory body, the national transportation safety [00:01:30] board even called on NITSA to put in place more guardrails and regulations for these types of technologies. That includes autopilot, super crews and the upcoming blue crews and the like, but it looks like the are starting to get much more serious about these types of technologies and not just with Tesla as of this past June NITSA mandated that any automaker selling a vehicle with a level two driver assistance technology or greater must submit a crash report.
Speaker 1: That means that if a GM vehicle running [00:02:00] super crews, a Tesla running autopilot it or full self-driving beta, or soon to be Ford with its blue crew, if one of those vehicles crashes, the automaker needs to tell NITSA in the form of a crash report within 24 hours, and then the automaker needs to go back and update with more details as they learn more NITSA wants these. So it can gather more information and soon will pro see greater regulations come from this. It's too soon to say where this Tesla investigation goes, but there's no [00:02:30] doubt that it is a massive investigation.