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A Tesla dealership. Photo: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images

A U.S. government road safety regulator is investigating yet another fatality involving a Tesla and its use of partially automated driving systems, AP reported Friday.

Why it matters: Critics, including the National Transportation Safety Board, have said Tesla needs to implement a stronger system to ensure drivers are paying attention to the road.

  • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) dispatched a special crash investigation team to a July 26 crash, which took place on the Long Island Expressway in New York.
    • A Tesla Model Y SUV killed a man as he was changing a flat tire on his vehicle.
  • Of the 10 fatal crashes that led NHTSA to send a special investigation team, nine involved Teslas, per AP.
  • The sole incident without a Tesla occurred in March 2018 when an autonomous Uber test vehicle ran over a pedestrian in Tempe Arizona.

The big picture: The new addition comes three weeks after NHTSA launched a formal probe into Tesla’s partially automated driving systems, especially in regard to their collisions with parked emergency vehicles, per AP.

  • Tesla did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Exclusive: Grassroots group raises concerns over Tesla hirings

The Tesla Inc. factory under construction on Harold Green Road and State Highway 130 in Austin on Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. Photo: Bronte Wittpenn/Bloomberg via Getty Images

One grassroots group has raised concerns with Tesla leadership over hiring practices at the company's new Austin gigafactory, urging the car manufacturer to improve opportunities for residents who only speak Spanish.

The big picture: Tesla, which recently announced it will move its headquarters to Austin, will employ at least 5,000 workers at the new plant.

  • The hiring process has already begun, and many of the jobs at the plant require only a high school education. CEO Elon Musk said he doesn't care "if you even graduated high school" to get a job at Tesla.
  • The company listed 364 Austin-based jobs on its website Tuesday.
Ina Fried, author of Login
32 mins ago - Technology
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How smartphone cameras became the best cameras

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

For years, the smartphone has been the most convenient camera, and in recent years it has also become the easiest and most versatile camera. But this year's high-end smartphones have taken things to a new level — capturing images that would be either tough or impossible even with a high-end digital camera.

Between the lines: Traditional cameras have the advantage of bigger sensors and better lenses, but smartphone cameras are rivaling and even surpassing them by tapping computational power.

The rise of vegan food in unexpected places

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Vegan cuisine is popping up in two places it wasn't present before: fine dining and fast food.

Why it matters: The single biggest way an individual can reduce their carbon footprint is to eat less meat and dairy. Now, the popularization of meatless meals could help curb meat consumption in the U.S.