Tesla Driver in Utah Crash Says Autopilot Was Engaged

Tesla Driver in Utah Crash Says Autopilot Was Engaged

The Tesla Autopilot system uses various sensors, cameras, and radar to provide semi-autonomous driving to drivers.

Tesla Inc chief Elon Musk told employees on Monday the company was undergoing a "thorough reorganisation" as it contends with production problems, senior staff departures and recent crashes involving its electric cars. Police reiterated that warning Monday.

In a Twitter post on Monday, Musk denied a Wall Street Journal report that Tesla had rejected a system that would have tracked driver eye movement when using Autopilot for cost reasons.

On Twitter, co-founder Elon Musk said it was "super messed up" that the incident was garnering public attention, while thousands of accidents involving traditional automobiles "get nearly no coverage".

A photo released by the South Jordan Police Department shows a traffic collision involving a Tesla Model S sedan with a Fire Department mechanic truck.

The driver in that incident died, but Tesla said he was pulled from the vehicle before it caught fire.

The crash resulted in a destroyed Model S, a firetruck driver who was checked for whiplash but was unharmed, and a broken ankle for the Model S driver. "An impact at that speed usually results in severe injury or death".

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

The National Transportation Safety Board said it was not investigating the Utah crash, and Tesla said it had not yet received auto data and did not yet know the facts, including whether Autopilot was engaged. Two people died in that incident, although the NTSB does not believe that Tesla's semi-autonomous system was to blame.

Musk said "the probability of an accident with autopilot is just less", and he insisted the vehicle had functioned exactly as it was created to in the California crash.

Musk admitted that the work to improve Tesla Autopilot technology has not finished, but the company appears to be committed to making the system as safe as possible for its customers. "It is not a self-driving system", Musk said. A driver was behind the wheel of the test vehicle in that case but failed to halt in time.

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. Waymo said on Sunday that Matthew Schwall had joined it from Tesla, where he was its main technical contact with U.S. safety investigators, and last week Tesla said senior vice president of engineering Doug Field was taking time off to recharge.

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