Driver in Latest Tesla Crash Says Autopilot Was Engaged

Virginia Carson
May 16, 2018

Tesla has released significant evidence to the public regarding the recent Model X crash, but we don't know what official response it will have to the latest incident.

And despite the company's claims that it would not need to raise money, Jonas raised his estimate for Tesla's capital raising to US$3 billion from previous US$2.5 billion, which he continues to expect in the third quarter of this year.

A US traffic safety regulator on May 2 contradicted Tesla's claim that the agency had found that its Autopilot technology significantly reduced crashes.

Musk lamented on Twitter about what he portrayed as an unfair focus on mishaps rather than benefits of autonomous vehicles with the potential to make roads safer.San Francisco: Tesla chief Elon Musk defended self-driving auto technology on Tuesday after reports about the latest crash involving one of the electric carmaker's vehicles.

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Huang's hands were "not detected on the wheel for six seconds prior to the collision", Tesla said in the blog. "Eyetracking rejected for being ineffective, not for cost", Musk tweeted.

Everyone at Tesla is not only encouraged, but expected, to provide criticism and feedback to ensure that we're creating the best, safest cars on the road.

Among accidents to make headlines was a fiery March 23 crash in California that involved its "Autopilot" feature. "It is not a self-driving system", Musk said.

Tesla said it was "deeply saddened" by the accident and was working with local authorities to establish the cause. Tesla's Autopilot allows the vehicle to drive itself for short periods of time with steering, acceleration, and braking based on traffic conditions.

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Tesla can not seem to stay out of the news lately. Since existing cars have the hardware installed for Autopilot, this feature will also be enabled for existing models, according to the company spokeswoman.

Police said on Monday that the driver, who suffered a broken ankle, said she had been using Autopilot before the crash.

A Tesla Model S sedan was traveling at 60 miles (97 km) per hour when it smashed into a fire truck stopped at a red light about 20 miles south of Salt Lake City, Utah, on Friday night, according to police.

The National Transportation Safety Board said it was not investigating the Utah crash.

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