Driver: Tesla's Autopilot engaged during Utah crash

Driver: Tesla's Autopilot engaged during Utah crash

Tesla continues to struggle to meet production targets for its Model 3 battery-sedan, an issue that led to record first-quarter losses.

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. 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.

The tech tycoon went on to praise the safety of the Model S, saying that it was "amazing" the driver only broke her ankle in the accident and that "an impact at that speed usually results in severe injury or death".

USA police said it was unknown if the car's autopilot feature was on at the time.

Waymo, Alphabet's self-driving unit, said on Sunday that Matthew Schwall had joined the company from Tesla.

In a Twitter post on Monday, Musk denied a Wall Street Journal report that Tesla had rejected a system that would have tracked driver eye movement when using Autopilot for cost reasons. "Eyetracking rejected for being ineffective, not for cost. Approx 4X better than avg", Musk said.


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

In Utah Tesla vehicle ran into the auto of the fire brigade.

Tesla has said the autopilot feature in its vehicles only handles some driving tasks. 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. Police Sgt. Samuel Winkler said the car's air bags were activated and that the Tesla's 28-year-old driver suffered a broken right ankle, while the driver of the mechanic truck didn't require treatment.

Musk has repeatedly scaled back Tesla's production schedule, something he recently referred to as a "time shift". Two people died in that incident, although the NTSB does not believe that Tesla's semi-autonomous system was to blame.

Since the driver was not fully focused on the road, it is unlikely that the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and National Transport Safety Board (NTSB) will investigate the accident, the newspaper says.

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