Monday, 17 December, 2018

Driver: Tesla's Autopilot engaged during Utah crash

Tesla Reorganisation Underway Says CEO Elon Musk Police probe whether Autopilot feature was on in Tesla crash
Orlando Vargas | 15 May, 2018, 20:29

News of the crash came as a top Tesla official who had been the main technical contact with US safety investigators left the company to join rival Waymo.

Meanwhile, Musk told employees Monday that the company plans to "flatten" its structure while working to improve communication and trim actions "that are not vital" to the company's success.

"To be clear, we will continue to hire rapidly in critical hourly and salaried positions to support the Model 3 production ramp and future product development".

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Tesla announced last week that Doug Field, senior vice president of engineering, was taking time off to recharge.

Mr Musk said during a conference call earlier this month that the company was going to conduct sort of a reorganisation restructuring. He added that he would reduce the number of third-party contracting companies engaged by Tesla, equating them with "barnacles" needing to be scrubbed off.

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Witnesses said the Tesla vehicle did not brake prior to impact, the police said in a statement, adding it was unknown if the autopilot feature in the Model S was engaged at the time. Autopilot, a form of advanced cruise control, handles some driving tasks and warns those behind the wheel they are always responsible for the vehicle's safe operation.

Newest crash also linked to Tesla's Autopilot system. "Eyetracking rejected for being ineffective, not for cost". Matthew Schwall, Tesla's primary contact with U.S. regulators, just joined the safety team at Waymo, the self-driving-car company started by Google.

Elon Musk has said the "short burn of the century" is coming soon to investors betting against Tesla Inc.

Tesla has come under scrutiny for recent accident. It was the latest accident involving a Tesla.

Police in Utah are looking into a collision involving a Tesla electric auto that hit a fire department vehicle over the weekend. Police said the driver, who suffered a broken ankle, said she had been using Autopilot before the crash.

The National Transportation Safety Board's (NTSB) spokesperson Keith Holloway said it has not opened up an investigation into the crash, but might yet do so. Two people died in that incident, although the NTSB does not believe that Tesla's semi-autonomous system was to blame.

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