NHTSA is investigating the driverless Tesla crash that killed two people

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has dispatched a team to investigate the fatal Tesla crash in Texas, in which two people were killed after their vehicle crashed into a tree with no one behind the steering wheel.

A spokesperson from the NHTSA said the agency is coordinating with local law enforcement to learn more about the incident and will “take appropriate steps” when investigators have gathered more information. The spokesperson did not respond to a follow-up question about whether that would include a recall of Tesla’s Autopilot feature that was likely involved in the crash.

So far, the investigation appears to involve only officials from the NHTSA, and not its sub-agency, the…

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