Driver: Tesla's Autopilot engaged during Utah crash

Gladys Abbott
May 16, 2018

Mr Musk said the restructuring plans involve flattening the management structure to improve communication, as well as trimming activities not vital to the success of our mission.

The Silicon Valley electric automaker previously warned of 10 days of temporary shutdowns this quarter as the company addresses manufacturing problems that have delayed volume production of the Model 3 sedan, which is seen as crucial to Tesla's long-term profitability. The fire department mechanic truck had been stopped at a red light.

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

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.

Tesla's headwinds are structural, he said, even as the company promised manufacturing problems for the Model 3 are but a blip and will soon recover.

NTSB spokesman Keith Holloway told the Deseret News, as of Monday evening, the agency had not opened an investigation into the Friday crash in South Jordan but would make an announcement if that status changed.

Tesla has said the autopilot feature in its vehicles only handles some driving tasks.

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"This is false", Musk wrote.

Musk tweeted that while the eye tracking had been on the table, it was rejected for its ineffectiveness rather than cost. Musk has said the planned stoppages are meant to give the company time to perform upgrades that will help it reach a goal of building 6,000 vehicles per week by the end of June. He said Tesla's record of one fatality every 512 million kilometres compared favourably with the 2017 national average of 138 million kilometres, according to safety regulators.

In Utah Tesla vehicle ran into the auto of the fire brigade. If you are driving a Tesla equipped with Autopilot hardware, you are 3.7 times less likely to be involved in a fatal accident.

Drive told investigators she had the vehicle's semi-autonomous Autopilot mode engaged when she slammed into the back of the truck.

The Tesla vehicle was travelling at 60 miles per hour when it hit the mechanic truck, which was stopped for the light on the South Bangerter Highway in South Jordan, Utah at 6:38 pm MT, the police said.

Federal regulators are not investigating the crash of a Tesla electric vehicle this weekend, as Utah police try to determine whether the car's semi-autonomous Autopilot feature was switched on.

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