Tesla CEO Elon Musk explained the reason for the Model 3's mysterious cockpit camera. U.S. safety regulators are continuing their investigation into complaints that Tesla's giant touch screens can fail and cause the cars to lose the rear camera display and other functions. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's report says about 159,000 cars could be affected by the problem. The agency said an engineering analysis has been opened to assess the scope and safety-related consequences of the apparent defect, which could determine whether or not the models need to be recalled. Failure of the touchscreen can result in loss of the rear camera image display when reverse gear is selected, resulting in reduced rear visibility when backing up, the agency's report said.
The Palo Alto, California, company said its vehicle logs showed Huang took no action to stop the Model X from crashing into a concrete lane divider. Photographs of the SUV show that the front of the vehicle was demolished. The SUV also caught fire, though Tesla said no one was in it when that happened. The company said the crash was worsened by a missing or damaged safety shield on the end of the lane divider.
When Joshua Brown switched on the Autopilot feature of his Tesla Model S on May 7, he would have been warned not to trust it. "Always keep your hands on the wheel. Be prepared to take over at any time," says the standard warning presented when Autopilot is turned on. But later that day Brown was killed when his car drove itself into the side of a semi-trailer that Autopilot had not detected. Federal investigations into the crash by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) may now question whether Tesla's design asks too much of drivers.
Tesla has been cleared in a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration investigation over a crash involving a Tesla Model S last year, the department announced Thursday. In its report, the Traffic Safety Administration looked into the role that the Tesla's Autopilot feature played in the crash. Investigators did not find any major defects or issues with the car's autonomous features or support systems. "The Autopilot system is an Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) that requires the continual and full attention of the driver to monitor the traffic environment and be prepared to take action to avoid crashes," the report said. "Tesla's design included hands-on [support to] the steering wheel system for monitoring driver engagement.