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NHTSA starts another probe into Tesla Motors autopilot

Staff Writer |
U.S. auto-safety regulators are scrutinizing the Pennsylvania crash of a Tesla Motors Model X to determine whether the autopilot system was in use, days after starting a formal probe of the Silicon Valley company's technology.

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is "collecting information" from the electric-car maker, state police and the driver of the Model X about the July 1 crash, the agency said in a statement Wednesday.

Regulators are attempting to "determine whether automated functions were in use at the time of the crash," the agency said.

Tesla said it doesn't currently have evidence autopilot was being used at the time of the crash. The Palo Alto, Ca., auto maker said it hasn't been able to reach the driver and hasn't received data about the state of the vehicle's controls before the collision, possibly because of a damaged antenna.

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