Tesla CEO Elon Musk said he hopes the new body shops will reduce the cost and time spent on repairs after customer complaints of excessive wait times.
The report said that performance data that was downloaded from the Tesla indicates the driver had been using traffic-aware cruise control and autosteer lane-keeping assistance, which are advanced driver assistance features that Tesla refers to as autopilot.
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 National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has scheduled a public meeting to determine the probable cause of a 2016 fatal crash involving a Tesla Model S that was operating in Autopilot mode.
The PR-5 system is approved for self-piercing rivets (installation and removal); flow form rivets (hole preparation and installation); and structural blind rivets on Tesla repairs.
A Tesla executive said the company is bundling auto insurance with its vehicles in Asia, in an effort to capitalize on the savings associated with its Autopilot driver-assist technology.
Data suggests that Tesla’s driver-assistance technology might actually improve safety.
The Tesla approval joins many others of the SP MIG welders including Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar, Land Rover, Honda/Acura, Ford F-150, Cadillac CT6, Corvette and more.
Tesla states that all vehicles produced in its factory – including Model 3 – will have the hardware needed for full self-driving capability at a safety level it says is substantially greater than that of a human driver.
China’s CCTV reported that Gao Yaning died in January after crashing into the back of a road-sweeping truck. CCTV said the Tesla Model S was on autopilot.
The surveys also found that the public’s awareness of Tesla’s Autopilot capabilities soared as a result of media coverage of the fatal crash.
CNN story revealed that some Tesla employees were worried that the car company wasn’t taking every precaution possible.