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Tesla faces US safety investigation over Autopilot crashes

Scrutiny of driver-assistance features follows probes in China

The 11 incidents under investigation in the U.S. occurred between Jan. 2018 and July 2021, resulting in one death and 17 injuries.   © Reuters

PALO ALTO, U.S. -- A U.S. regulator is launching a formal investigation into 11 incidents where Tesla crashed into emergency vehicles when using Autopilot or other driver-assistance features.

The probe adds to the pressure on Tesla after a series of safety investigations in China this year and as regulators around the world grow increasingly concerned about nascent autonomous driving technology. 

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