Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Finance | By Gustavo Carr

Tesla's Autopilot Engaged During Crash

Tesla's Autopilot Engaged During Crash

In one of those accidents, a woman in Utah broke her foot after she slammed into a truck when her auto allegedly ran a red light while it was in autopilot mode.

The Tesla Model S crashed into the truck at 60 miles per hour (97 kph) apparently without braking before impact, according to police in South Jordan, a suburb of Salt Lake City. Although the Model S can be driven autonomously, it remains unclear whether the car's autopilot feature was turned on at the time of the crash.

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

"What's actually awesome about this accident is that a Model S hit a fire truck at 60 m.p.h. and the driver only broke an ankle", he added.

Among Tesla's recent negative headlines have been concerns over production goals, inquiries about vehicle safety in the wake of a pair of high-profile crashes, fears over the company's cash burn rate, and an unusual earnings call with CEO Elon Musk. "An impact at that speed usually results in severe injury or death".

Matthew Schwall was director of field performance engineering at Tesla; he quit his job at a critical time when U. S. National Transportation Safety Board's investigations into their electric vehicles are still going on.

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Last week, the NTSB started probing an incident where a Model S caught fire after a crash, killing two people. The 18 year-old driver slammed into a concrete wall, and the vehicle burst into flames, trapping the occupants inside. The driver in that incident died.

The NTSB and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are also looking into the performance of the company's Autopilot system in the March crash of a Tesla Model X on a California highway.

In April, Musk was asked by "CBS This Morning" co-host Gayle King, "what's the goal of having autopilot if you still have to put your hands on the wheel?" "It is not a self-driving system", Musk said.

In a world in which Elon Musk found himself with increasingly fewer friends, one thing was certain: Morgan Stanley analyst Adam Jonas, always eager for that lead left spot in the next Tesla convertible, would stick with Tesla and Musk through thick and thin, no matter what.

"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.

The driver of the Tesla may face charges for failing to maintain the safety of her vehicle, which would be a traffic infraction, according to police spokesman Sgt. Samuel Winkler.

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