NHTSA Investigates Pony.ai Crash Reporting
April 1, 2022—The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating AV systems manufacturer Pony.ai over its reporting of an accident last year in California.
According to a report from The Detroit News, the NHTSA says its investigation is looking into whether the company "complied with reporting requirements under a general order issued ... to all manufacturers testing autonomous vehicles." Last October, a Pony.ai vehicle crashed into a median road sign in Fremont, California, due to a software error, but the NHTSA says it took the company around two weeks to report the incident.
Per the report, the NHTSA reporting general order requires AV manufacturers to report accidents within 24 hours. The order also requires companies to notify the agency of any injuries, airbag deployment or if an accident requires a vehicle to be towed; the report says "it's not clear if the airbags inflated or if the test vehicle was towed."
Pony.ai in a state said it has mad "good-faith" efforts to comply with the NHTSA and "has been cooperating with the agency."