Tesla defends autonomous technology following third accident

July 14, 2016

The development of autonomous vehicles has suffered a blow after a series of incidents involving Tesla vehicles in the US.

Following a fatal accident in May when a driver was using the Tesla ‘autopilot’ feature, two further accidents have come to light where the firm’s vehicles veered off the road while under the car’s control.

Tesla is looking into the incidents, but its chief executive officer Elon Musk has said the electric car maker has no plans to disable its autopilot feature, instead suggesting it will provide more information to drivers on how it should be used.

America’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has asked Tesla to respond to questions it has on the autonomous driving system and the fatal accident by August 26.

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