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Tesla says the Department of Justice asked the company to hand over documents about Autopilot and FSD features


A Tesla car dealership in Maplewood, Minnesota.A Tesla car dealership in Maplewood, Minnesota.

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  • Tesla has confirmed that the US Department of Justice asked the company for documents.
  • The documents were related to the EV company’s Autopilot and Full Self-Driving features, per a public filing. 
  • The company is already under investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Tesla has confirmed that the US Department of Justice (DOJ) asked for documents related to the EV company’s Autopilot and Full Self-Driving features.

In a public filing released on Tuesday, the company said it had “received requests from the DOJ for documents related to Tesla’s Autopilot and FSD features.”

The company said in the filing: “To our knowledge, no government agency in any such ongoing investigation has concluded that any wrongdoing occurred.”

Reuters reported in October that Tesla was facing a criminal probe from the DOJ over the company’s claims the vehicles can drive themselves. The news outlet cited three people familiar with the matter.

Tesla is already under investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

The federal agency launched its investigation after it identified 11 cases of Tesla cars crashing into first-responder vehicles. The organization has since escalated the probe.

According to a report from the administration, 273 crashes between July 20, 2021, and May 21, 2022, involved Tesla’s assisted driving software.

Tesla’s Autopilot and FSD features require constant human supervision. In 2016, Tesla introduced a feature that detects when a driver had their hands on the steering wheel and could disable the driving assist if the driver kept their hands off for too long. 

Representatives for Tesla did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

Read the original article on Business Insider

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