Tesla Driver in Utah Crash Says Autopilot Was Engaged

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While a Tesla spokesperson failed to comment following the accident, the company's co-founder Elon Musk took to Twitter to note that it was "super messed up" that the latest accident had garnered so much public attention, while accidents involving traditional cars "get nearly no coverage". On Monday, company's shares fell 3 percent to close at $291.97. Amid the manufacturing problems, senior Tesla executives have departed or cut back work.

A Tesla spokesperson told Newsweek on Tuesday: "Tesla has not yet received any data from the vehicle and thus does not know the facts of what occurred, including whether Autopilot was engaged".

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

The National Transportation Safety Board said it was not investigating the Utah crash, and Tesla said it had not yet received vehicle data and did not yet know the facts, including whether Autopilot was engaged. On a May 2 earnings call, Musk said Tesla would conduct "a reorganisation restructuring" this month, without providing more details.

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While those crashes could raise concerns about the safety of Tesla's products, the more immediate threat to the company's viability is lagging Model 3 production at its Fremont, California assembly plant.

USA police said it was unknown if the car's autopilot feature was on at the time. Autopilot, a form of advanced cruise control, handles some driving tasks and warns those behind the wheel they are always responsible for the vehicle's safe operation.

With her eyes on her phone instead of on the road, it was clear that the driver was at fault for not following the instructions of the Tesla Autopilot feature. "This is false", Musk wrote.

"It certainly needs to be better and we work to improve it every day, but ideal is the enemy of good", Musk tweeted.

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Police said they had been in contact with the National Transportation Safety Board about the crash.

Tesla has been dominating the news cycle as of late - and for all the wrong reasons.

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.

Though Tesla - and the self-driving auto industry - certainly has a red target on its back as of late, Musk is confident that advanced technology and more diligent work will improve his company's system. Police said on Monday that the driver, who suffered a broken ankle, said she had been using Autopilot before the crash. Tesla said it had not yet received vehicle data and did not yet know the facts, including whether Autopilot was engaged.

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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.

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