Tesla's Autopilot Engaged During Crash

Tesla's Autopilot Engaged During Crash

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 auto.

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

"What's actually awesome about this accident is that a Model S hit a fire truck at 60 miles per hour and the driver only broke an ankle", Musk tweeted.

The 28-year-old driver told police she was looking at her phone as the auto slammed into the truck at about 60 miles per hour in South Jordan, Utah. "An impact at that speed usually results in severe injury or death".

Just last week, the NTSB opened an investigation into a case where a fatal Fort Lauderdale crash raised eyebrows, as it was the agency's fourth active probe into the automaker's electric vehicles.

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

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

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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. This past March, the agency opened an investigation after a Mountain View, California man crashed into a highway barrier and the vehicle burst into flames. He was Tesla's main technical contact with U.S. Safety Investigators.

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.

"Witnesses indicated the Tesla Model S did not brake prior to impact", the statement 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.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk took to Twitter to criticise media coverage of the Utah smash. The company, which is based in Palo Alto, California, and has a huge battery factory in the Reno, Nevada, area, tells drivers the system requires them to keep their eyes on the road and their hands on the wheel so they can take control to avoid accidents.

"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.

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