In addition, it is probing the January crash of a Tesla vehicle apparently traveling in Autopilot that also struck a fire truck.
"Consistent with NHTSA's oversight and authority over the safety of all motor vehicles and equipment, the agency has launched its special crash investigations team to gather information on the South Jordan, Utah, crash".
The woman suffered a broken foot and some abrasions from the air bag deployment but, according to police, escaped relatively unscathed from the crash that demolished the front end of the Tesla.
Swiss prosecutors said this week that they were looking into the fatal crash of a Tesla in southern Switzerland. The vehicle registered more than a dozen instances of her hands being off the steering wheel in this drive cycle, according data retrieved by Tesla technicians.
When the 28-year-old woman ultimately smashed the Model S sedan into the fire truck stopped at a red light on a highway on May 11, her hands had been off the wheel for more than a minute, police said, citing Tesla.
"Each time she put her hands back on the wheel, she took them back off the wheel after a few seconds", Tesla's report, as released by South Jordan Police Department, said.
The driver had been using the "Autosteer" and "Traffic Aware Cruise Control" functions of Autopilot, Tesla reported to police.
About 1 minute and 22 seconds before the crash, she re-enabled Autosteer and Cruise Control, and then, within two seconds, took her hands off the steering wheel again.
Sharing details about how Tesla Model 3 has earned the "superior" rating for the front crash prevention tests, IIHS has revealed that the vehicle passed the 12 miles per hour and 25 miles per hour front crash prevention tests by successfully avoiding a crash at both the speed levels. This is the speed the driver selected.
The driver manually pressed the vehicle brake pedal fractions of a second prior to the crash.
The Autopilot system includes visual and audio warnings to drivers when they remove their hands from the wheel.
The South Jordan Police Department confirmed today that the driver received a traffic citation for "failure to keep proper lookout".
"When using Autopilot, drivers are continuously reminded of their responsibility to keep their hands on the wheel and maintain control of the vehicle at all times".
Tesla's Autopilot system uses a suit of cameras and radar providing a 360 degree view around the vehicle and automatically keeps the auto centered in the lane and a safe distance from other vehicles.
The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said on Wednesday that it was sending a team to investigate the crash of a Tesla Inc vehicle last week in Utah that occurred while the auto was in Autopilot mode. Witnesses told police the driver of the Tesla did not brake or make any attempt to avoid the collision.
In this case though, while I doubt it will be reported like that, the NHTSA is not looking into a potential defect with Autopilot, but it is only gathering data from the crash.
The Utah accident is the latest incident involving an autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicle that has prompted scrutiny from federal regulators.
It's unclear if that system activated before the Utah crash.