According to the US Chinese website, the US government ’s auto safety regulator said on December 31, 2019 that it will launch an investigation into the fatal crash of a Tesla car in Southern California on December 29.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration did not say whether the accident in Gardena, Los Angeles County, involved autonomous driving.
Los Angeles local TV station KTLA reported that the driver drove off Gardena 91, ran a red light, and hit a 2006 Honda Civic, killing two passengers inside the car. KTLA quoted a Los Angeles police report saying that two people in Tesla's car were admitted to the hospital for treatment but were not life-threatening.
Autopilot has involved at least three Tesla fatal car accidents since 2016. The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) criticized autopilots for lack of safety and said in a September survey of the 2018 Culver City, California Tesla crash that the system was "designed to free drivers Driving task. "
Both Tesla and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration advise drivers to keep their hands on the steering wheel when using autopilot and to stay focused at all times. Tesla said the autopilot "allows your car to automatically steer, accelerate and brake in the lane," but does not let the car drive itself.
Some drivers say they can stay away for long periods of time while using the system. Last month, Massachusetts Sen. Ed Markey said that Tesla should disable autopilots until it installs new security measures.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has previously confirmed special investigations into a number of Tesla crashes.