Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Money | By Wilma Wheeler

Driver: Tesla's Autopilot engaged during Utah crash

Driver: Tesla's Autopilot engaged during Utah crash

Something seems to be not right at Tesla; this makes it a second case in the recent past when a senior executive has left the company.

Schwall, "who was the organization's principle specialized contact with United States wellbeing agents, has left for match Waymo LLC, as per individuals acquainted with the choice", The Wall Street Journal wrote about Sunday.

The NTSB and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are investigating at least two other crashes involving Tesla vehicles.

Also on Monday, Tesla said its highest-ranking engineer would take a leave of absence and CEO Elon Musk formally announced the restructuring he had previously hinted about on Tesla's weird first-quarter earnings conference call.

Despite the rocky relationship between Tesla and the NTSB, agency spokesperson Keith Holloway said he's still uncertain as to whether the agency will open an investigation into the accident.

The company is developing multiple new vehicles, including a semi truck, and has registered a new auto firm in Shanghai in a probable step towards production in China.

Mr Musk said during a conference call earlier this month that the company was going to conduct sort of a reorganisation restructuring.

Musk said in Monday's email Tesla would still rapidly hire people to fill critical positions "to support the Model 3 production ramp and future product development". 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.

He complained to another that the questioning was dry.

A Tesla Model S driver was travelling at 60mph (97kph) when the vehicle smashed into a fire engine in Utah on Friday night.

A Tesla spokesperson told Newsweek on Tuesday: "Tesla has not yet received any data from the vehicle and thus does not know the facts of what occurred, including whether Autopilot was engaged".

The driver of the fire truck was evaluated for whiplash but was not hospitalized.

"We have increased our estimate for Tesla's capital raising from $2.5bn to $3.0bn, which we continue to expect in 3Q18", he said.

"We've been doing a thorough search of our service records, and we can not find anything suggesting that the customer ever complained to Tesla about the performance of Autopilot", Tesla said in a statement.

Musk said "the probability of an accident with autopilot is just less", and he insisted the vehicle had functioned exactly as it was created to in the California crash.

The US' National Transport Safety Board is investigating after the crash in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on 8 May.

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