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Tesla Autopilot Probe ‘Will Take Us Where It Takes Us,’ NHTSA Chief Says

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The new head of the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said an investigation into whether Tesla Inc.’s Autopilot is defective “will take us where it takes us,” leaving open the possibility that authorities could take action to rein in the carmaker’s signature technology.

The agency this month upgraded a preliminary probe over how Autopilot handles crash scenes with first-responder vehicles. Since opening the inquiry about 10 months ago, NHTSA has reviewed a broader set of collisions.