Wednesday, 16 January, 2019

Tesla Model S crashes into truck in Utah

Embattled Musk 'thoroughly reorganising' Tesla Police probe whether Autopilot feature was on in Tesla crash
Ginger Lawrence | 15 May, 2018, 22:26

Now, Musk has said in the email to the Tesla staff that it was "flattening the management structure to improve communication", and cutting activities that are not "not vital to the success of our mission".

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.

Mr Musk is trying to fix production headaches that have slowed the roll-out of its Model 3, a mid-market vehicle seen as key to the company's success.

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

Schwall had been Tesla's director of field performance engineering, according to his LinkedIn page, which said he served as Tesla's primary technical contact with safety regulatory agencies such as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board.

It is not known whether the autopilot function of the Tesla auto was activated at the time.

"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. 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.

Investors gave Mr Musk some rare criticism after the call in which he referred to one analyst as a boring bonehead.

In April, Tesla fell short of Model 3 production targets for the first quarter.

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In the most recent incident over the weekend, a Utah woman slammed into the back of a local fire department vehicle while her Tesla Model S' semi-autonomous Autopilot feature was engaged.

The motorist suffered a broken ankle and was taken to a hospital while a firefighter escaped unharmed.

The 48-year-old died when his Tesla caught fire after he slammed into a crash barrier on the A2 motorway in southern Ticino.

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

"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 said that was the real story - the vehicle's safety.

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

The crash comes as federal safety agencies investigate the performance of Tesla's semi-autonomous driving system.