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Regulators query Tesla’s autopilot feature

Regulators are also investigating issues with Tesla’s seatbelts, steering wheels, and “phantom braking” triggered by the driver assist. Photo: The Verge

Electric vehicle (EV) manufacturers, Tesla is to answer a series of questions as regulators query features of its vehicle.

The newly discovered version of Autopilot that allows drivers to operate the advanced driver-assist feature without applying any torque to the steering wheel — a long sought-after feature by Tesla drivers and one used by several other automakers as well — has caught the attention of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Verge reports.

According to a letter dated July 26, firstly reported by Bloomberg, NHTSA ordered Tesla to respond to questions on the feature or be ready for a new series of fines.

Tesla was expected to respond by August 25, however it’s still unclear if the company complied.

Writing by Muzha Kucha, editing by Daniel Adejo