The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in the United States has stated that it is investigating Tesla Autopilot for its suspected role in 11 emergency vehicle accidents and the first responder cars.

Tesla Autonomous Vehicle is a level 2 driver-assist system with numerous capabilities, the most notable of which are Autosteer, which allows a vehicle to steer inside a highway lane autonomously, and Traffic-Aware Cruise Control, which improves the efficiency of traffic.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said today that it had detected 11 collisions between Tesla cars in Automation mode and the first responder vehicles.

Autopilot was activated on each occasion, according to the federal agency:

The majority of the events occurred after darkness, and scene control tactics featured first responder vehicle lights, flares, an illuminated arrow board, and road cones. During the proximity to the incidents, all of the implicated subject cars were verified to be using Autopilot or Traffic-Aware Cruise Control.

Four of the 11 incidents occurred in 2021, investigation Table:

07/10/2021San Diego
03/17/2021Lansing, MI
02/27/2021Montgomery County, TX
07/30/2020Cochise County, AZ
01/22/2020West Bridgewater, MA
12/29/2019Cloverdale, IN
12/10/2019Norwalk, CT
05/29/2018Laguna Beach, CA
01/22/2018Culver City, CA
the Tesla 11 crashes

From 2014 until now, the examination involves all Tesla cars outfitted with any version of Automation, including the Model S, Model X, Model 3, and Model Y.

The NHTSA will “examine the technology and techniques utilized to monitor, support, and monitor the driver’s participation with the dynamic driving job during Autopilot operation” as part of its inquiry.

In addition, the government says it will “assess the OEDR by cars when engaged in Autopilot mode, as well as the ODD in which the Autopilot feature is operational.”