Tesla sells the $15,000 FSD software as an add-on that allows the company’s vehicles to change lanes and park autonomously. This complements the standard ‘autopilot’ feature, allowing the car to steer, accelerate and brake within its lane without driver intervention. Both systems use the steering wheel monitoring function.
Last month, NHTSA announced it had launched two new special investigations into crashes involving Tesla vehicles suspected of using advanced driver assistance systems. Since 2016, the NHTSA has launched special crash investigations into more than 30 Teslas in which 19 deaths have been reported, alleging advanced driver assistance systems such as Autopilot were used. .
In December 2021, NHTSA issued a statement regarding Tesla’s decision to allow passengers to play games on the front center touchscreen covering 580,000 vehicles in the vehicle’s “passenger play” due to driver distraction concerns. We have started an investigation.
Shortly after the investigation began, Tesla told NHTSA it would stop playing video games on its car’s screen while the car was in motion, the agency said.