– The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is giving Tesla
until Aug. 26 to fully answer questions about the fatal crash of one of
its 2015 Model S cars that was operating with its automated driving
The agency said it is examining the performance of the automatic
emergency braking system used by Tesla that is designed to prevent
collisions such as the one that killed Joshua Brown of Ohio in a crash
in Florida on May 7.
Federal regulators say preliminary reports show the Tesla crash happened
when a semi-trailer rig turned left in front of the car that was in
Autopilot mode at a highway intersection. Florida police said the roof
of the car struck the underside of the trailer and the car passed
beneath. The driver was dead at the scene.
The agency is requiring Tesla to respond to 10 questions about the
deadly crash. NHTSA has set a deadline of July 29 for Tesla to respond
to its highest priority questions about the fatal Florida crash. The
company will be given until Aug. 26 for Tesla to comply with the
remainder of the queries.