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Tesla Autopilot Probed by U.S. Over Crash-Scene Collisions

  • NHTSA estimates roughly 765,000 vehicles are subject to probe
  • Regulator says incidents resulted in 17 injuries, one fatality
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WATCH: The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened a formal investigation into Tesla’s Autopilot system. Ed Ludlow reports.(Source: Bloomberg)
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The U.S. opened a formal investigation into Tesla Inc.’s Autopilot system after almost a dozen collisions at crash scenes involving first-responder vehicles, stepping up its scrutiny of a system the carmaker has charged thousands of dollars for over the last half decade.

The probe by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration covers an estimated 765,000 Tesla Model Y, X, S and 3 vehicles from the 2014 model year onward. The regulator -- which has the power to deem cars defective and order recalls -- said it launched the investigation after 11 crashes that resulted in 17 injuries and one fatality.