Police probe whether Autopilot feature was on in Tesla crash

15 May, 2018, 22:30 | Author: Eric Barnett
  • Elon Musk poses with a Tesla outside the company‚Äôs factory in Silicon Valley October 2011

In a couple of recent tweets Musk downplayed the accident itself, emphasizing the fact that the only injury the Tesla driver had sustained was a broken ankle, when, he argued, it would have been much worse in any other vehicle.

The incident involving the Tesla Model S occurred on May 11 in South Jordan, Utah, when an unidentified 28-year-old female ran a red light and crashed into the back of another vehicle at 60 miles per hour. The Tesla's driver suffered a broken right ankle, and the driver of the Unified Fire Authority mechanic truck did not require treatment, Winkler said. The 28-year-old driver of the auto told police in suburban Salt Lake City that the system was switched on and that she had been looking at her phone before the Friday evening crash. "An impact that speed usually results in severe injury or death".

Tesla's stock price slipped Monday following another autopilot crash, this time in Utah, which the NTSB said it would investigate alongside its other now open investigation into the fatal crash of a Model X in California in March. The driver of the fire truck was evaluated for whiplash but was not checked into the hospital.

Schwall, who had been the chief of field operational efficiency at Tesla, left the organization in the midst of the NTSB test into numerous accidents including the electric vehicles, the report included.

The National Transport Safety Board is already investigating two fatal incidents involving Tesla vehicles.

Tesla had recently disclosed information about a crash to the public, the crash involved one of Tesla's Model X Sport semiautonomous vehicle; a person was killed when the vehicle collided with a road barrier.

The change comes as Electrek reported on a company memo saying Tesla (TSLA) is poised to top Model 3 production numbers of 500 a day.


Mr Schwall was the electric carmaker's main technical contact with USA safety investigators.

"To ensure that Tesla is well-prepared for the future, we have been undertaking a thorough reorganization of our company", Musk said in the memo, obtained by CNBC.

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".

"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.

The investigation into the crash in Utah is ongoing, police said.

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.

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