Telsa faces probe over self-driving tech by the DOJ. The Department of Justice has now requested Telsa’s autopilot and full self-driving software documents.
Telsa Faces Probe over Self-Driving Tech by the DOJ
The US DOJ is now seeking information into Telsa’s autopilot and full self-driving or FSD technologies, the company on Tuesday confirmed. In a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the automaker said that it “received requests from the DOJ for documents related to Tesla’s Autopilot and FSD” vehicle systems.
“To our knowledge no government agency in any ongoing investigation has concluded that any wrongdoing occurred,” Telsa in the filing said, which was reported earlier by Axios.
The Department Of Justice First Launched Criminal Probe into Telsa In 2021
Reuters back in October reported that the department of justice had launched a criminal probe into Telsa in 2021, stating that the inquiry is focused on the autopilot driver assistance software of the company and this is after over a dozen Telsa crashes which some were reported to be fatal.
Telsa’s Full Self-Driving Software Is Not a Complete Autonomous Driving System
Telsa’s Full Self-Driving software despite its name is not a completely autonomous driving system. It is rather an array of advanced driver aids such as hands-free operation, which of course will require that a driver remain sharp, attentive, and prepared to take over the vehicle if the need be. And as of September 2022, FSD is a $15,000 add-on in addition to the cost of the vehicle.
What the DOJ and Telsa Has To Say about the Issue
The justice department declined to comment on the matter. Telsa also on the other hand did not respond to a request for comment. But you should however know that the automaking company does not operate a public relations department anymore, which typically would field such types of requests.