Here's Everything NHTSA Wants To Know From Tesla

A Tesla Model S driving with Autopilot engaged. Photo Credit: Raphael Orlove
A Tesla Model S driving with Autopilot engaged. Photo Credit: Raphael Orlove

The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration is currently investigating Tesla for a number of high-profile crashes recently, most prominently the fatal crash of Joshua Brown behind the wheel of his Model S on Autopilot. And NHTSA has published everything it wants Tesla to tell it.


It’s a lot. The full document is below, but I’ll just briefly mention that NHTSA wants to know everything from how many cars Tesla has sold here in the U.S. to how many miles those cars covered with Autosteer on. And how many times those cars gave their drivers warnings to put their hands on the wheel when they had Autosteer engaged. And how many times the cars cut power following those warnings.

NHTSA wants every owner complaint, every dealer report, and every arbitration related to a Tesla defect.

NHTSA wants every test, investigation, and survey Tesla has carried out in relation to a car not engaging automatic emergency braking when the owner expected it to.

NHTSA wants every little scrap of information Tesla has on its cars, as far as a ‘defect’ with its semi-autonomous systems is concerned.

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And I’m sure Tesla has all the information NHTSA wants.

Raphael Orlove is features editor for Jalopnik.


Margin Of Error

To be honest, back when it was announced that the autopilot feature was to be enabled, I was surprised it was even legal.

I understand many cars have adaptive cruise control systems, and that the Tesla feature is just taking it one step further.

But in retrospect, seeing how it was spinned as a true “autopilot”, and after seeing all those youtubers using it way too liberally, I’m not surprised that shit is finally hitting the fan.