South Korea opens probe into suspected safety issues with Tesla Autopilot

Tesla Autopilot

Tesla’s popularity in South Korea has been skyrocketing lately, with sales increasing a staggering 1,588% in the first six months of 2020 compared to same period in 2019.

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All that popularity has apparently drawn the attention of safety regulators in the country. According to Reuters, South Korea has announced they are launching a probe into suspected safety issues with the electric vehicles (EVs).

Details on the investigation were slim, but a transport ministry official did confirm braking and steering systems, along with the Autopilot feature are under investigation.

When asked for further details, the ministry was only able to confirm the Model 3 was the focus of the investigation, and the investigation could take up to 1 year to complete.

According to officials at Tesla in South Korea, the automaker will cooperate fully with the investigation.

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Tesla is no stranger to investigations of its safety features, some of which make it the safest vehicles on the road today. Earlier this year, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) in the US concluded a Model X involved in a fatal accident in 2018 was being driven on Autopilot, but the driver was playing a video game on his Apple iPhone at the time of the collision.

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