Tesla's Autopilot Engaged During Crash

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"To ensure that Tesla is well prepared for the future, we have been undertaking a thorough reorganization of our company" Musk said in a company-wide email.

On Friday night a Tesla Model S sedan traveling at about 97km/h smashed into a fire engine that was stopped at a red light about 30 kilometres south of Salt Lake City, Utah.

The driver, whom police have not named, was taken to a hospital with a broken foot.

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

"What's actually wonderful 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. "An impact at that speed usually results in severe injury or death", the CEO tweeted. The company said that total Model 3 production was 9,766 for the quarter and that it delivered 8,180 cars.

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Back in March, an Uber in self-driving mode hit and killed a woman in Tempe, Arizona. Following the accident, and much consumer outcry over the safety of autonomous vehicles, Uber and Waymo advocated to have legislation passed that would quickly expand self-driving vehicle testing.

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

Tesla's stock price slipped Monday following another autopilot crash, this time in Utah, which the NTSB said it would investigate alongside its other now open investigation into the fatal crash of a Model X in California in March. The 18 year-old driver slammed into a concrete wall, and the vehicle burst into flames, trapping the occupants inside. 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. The agency has said it does not expect the semi-autonomous system to be a focus of that investigation. This past March, the agency opened an investigation after a Mountain View, California man crashed into a highway barrier and the auto burst into flames.

The crash is one of several Tesla accidents now under investigation. Waymo said on Sunday that Matthew Schwall had joined it from Tesla, where he was its main technical contact with United States safety investigators, and last week Tesla said senior vice president of engineering Doug Field was taking time off to recharge.

According to sources, Mr. Schwall decision to quit his job is not related to N.T.S.B.'s investigations regarding Tesla's Autopilot System.

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