The government’s safety officials initiated an investigation into Tesla’s Autopilot suite following the fatal crash inside a Model S from May 2016 – but as it turns out, Tesla cars are now safer than ever.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has found no evidence of safety related issues with Tesla’s Autopilot system, and the analysis even concluded the semi-autonomous driving suite has made the Tesla cars safer. “NHTSA’s examination did not identify any defects in design or performance of the AEB [Automatic Emergency Braking] or Autopilot systems of the subject vehicles nor any incidents in which the systems did not perform as designed,” read the report. “At Tesla, the safety of our customers comes first, and we appreciate the thoroughness of NHTSA’s report and its conclusion,” added the automaker.
The authorities extensively examined Tesla’s autonomous systems, with testing revealing the automatic emergency braking system worked as it was supposed to, while the Office of Defects Investigation also verified crash data for Tesla’s 2014-2016 vehicles and compared safety figures before and after the introduction of Autosteer. “The data show that the Tesla vehicles crash rate dropped by almost 40 percent after Autosteer installation,” can be seen in the report. The investigation was triggered by a fatal crash in Florida between a semi truck and Joshua Brown’s Model S.