Honda has till Aug. 12 to reply, or it may face civil penalties of as much as roughly $122 million.
In addition, NHTSA needs to know of any complaints or lawsuits associated to the alleged defect in addition to studies involving a crash, damage or demise. It additionally needs to know what number of automobiles are geared up with the AEB system and any recognized system efficiency variations among the many automobiles lined within the info request.
More particularly, NHTSA needs to know at which speeds every of the techniques’ sensors can set off a braking occasion, how Honda’s Sensing and AcuraWatch superior driver-assistance techniques work together with different driver-assist options and any recognized environmental components comparable to time of day, glare from the solar, climate or different street objects that will have an effect on the system’s efficiency.
NHTSA’s info request comes because the company prepares to difficulty a proposal to require AEB, together with pedestrian detection, on all new light-duty automobiles and set minimal efficiency requirements, as mandated within the infrastructure legislation handed by Congress final 12 months.
This month, NHTSA mentioned it has obtained studies of practically 400 crashes involving driver-assist techniques and 130 crashes involving absolutely automated automobiles because it started requiring automakers, suppliers and tech firms to reveal the information final June.
Tesla Inc. and Honda reported probably the most ADAS crashes to the company — 273 and 90, respectively — in line with the information, which is restricted and lacks context obligatory for comparability.
The company, additionally in February, opened an investigation into sure Tesla Model 3 and Model Y automobiles geared up with Autopilot alleging “phantom braking” after receiving 354 complaints.
NHTSA this month mentioned the variety of studies of sudden brake activation in these automobiles had elevated to 758.