A Tesla was cruising down Highway 101 in Redwood City, Calif., early one morning when a highway patrol officer pulled alongside it and realized the driver was asleep at the wheel, according to an LA Times article.
The Center for Auto Safety and Consumer Watchdog are calling on the Federal Trade Commission “to investigate dangerously misleading and deceptive advertising and marketing practices and representations made by Tesla Motors Inc. regarding the safety and capabilities of its Autopilot feature.”
The investigation’s primary focus will be on “emergency response in relation to the electric vehicle battery fire, including fire department activities and towing operations,” the agency said.
The National Transportation Safety Board said it is investigating a Jan. 22 collision in which a Tesla on Autopilot slammed into a fire truck.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has determined that a truck driver’s failure to yield the right of way and a car driver’s inattention due to overreliance on vehicle automation are the probable cause of the fatal May 7, 2016, crash near Williston, Fla.
Data suggests that Tesla’s driver-assistance technology might actually improve safety.