WASHINGTON —The U.S. Nationwide Transportation Security Board (NTSB) mentioned on Friday it can ship a workforce to research a Tesla automobile crash this week that killed two folks in Coral Gables, Florida.
Coral Gables police have mentioned it’s unclear whether or not the Tesla Mannequin 3 concerned within the crash in a residential space on Monday night was utilizing the electrical automobile firm’s driver-assistance system, known as Autopilot. The 2 folks killed have been badly burned and haven’t but been positively recognized.
The NTSB, which makes security suggestions however doesn’t regulate automakers, mentioned its investigation will deal with the operation of the automobile and the post-crash fireplace that consumed it after it struck a tree. The company mentioned three NTSB investigators will arrive within the space on Monday.
Tesla didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
The NTSB has beforehand investigated three deadly Tesla crashes during which Autopilot was concerned. Autopilot handles some driving duties reminiscent of steering, braking and acceleration and permits drivers to take away their arms from the steering wheel at instances however Tesla has mentioned drivers should nonetheless actively supervise the automobile when utilizing the system.
Tesla automobiles have massive battery packs that typically have been concerned in prolonged fires after crashes.
The NTSB can also be investigating an April Tesla crash in Texas that killed two folks. Native police have mentioned they imagine that crash occurred with nobody within the driver’s seat.
One other federal company, the Nationwide Freeway Site visitors Security Administration (NHTSA), has mentioned it’s gathering details about the Coral Gables crash however has not determined whether or not to ship a crash investigation workforce.
The NHTSA in August opened a proper security probe into 765,000 Tesla automobiles and Autopilot after 11 crashes involving first-responders reminiscent of police or fireplace automobiles.
The company additionally has opened 33 particular person investigations into Tesla crashes involving 11 deaths since 2016 during which use of superior driver help programs was suspected. NHTSA has dominated out Autopilot use in three of these crashes that have been non-fatal.