U.S. safety agency removes Tesla from autopilot crash probe

Apr 15, 2018, 05:28
U.S. safety agency removes Tesla from autopilot crash probe

However, sources told Bloomberg that it was actually the NTSB that kicked Tesla out of the investigation.

In a news release today, the NTSB has announced removal of Tesla as a party to the NTSB's investigation of the March 23 fatal crash of a 2017 Tesla Model X near Mountain View, California.

"Among other things, they repeatedly released partial bits of incomplete information to the media in violation of their own rules, at the same time that they were trying to prevent us from telling all the facts", the spokesperson said.

The company said it released information to correct "misleading" claims being made about Autopilot creating safety problems.

Tesla, never one to let a good scrap go to waste, fired back this afternoon. And Walter Huang's wife, Sevonne Huang, said that Walter had complained about the Tesla Autopilot steering toward the same barrier on several occasions, ABC7 said. In 2009, the NTSB revoked the party status of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association in the investigation of a midair collision over the Hudson River.

Something the public may not be aware of is that the NTSB is not a regulatory body, it is an advisory body.

But according to reports from several sources, Tesla will want to be doubly sure that the delays have been cleared and the pace of production recovers, long before the Model Y is presented. It pointed to US government data indicating that Tesla's Autosteer system, which is part of Autopilot, reduced crash rates by as much as 40% compared to vehicles without it. Even if it refuses, the NTSB can subpoena the info. The company continues to intend to abandon the scheme using 12-volt batteries, which now applies to all Tesla vehicles. It was published in 2016, ten years after Tesla's original Master Plan, which previewed the subsequent launches of the Model S, Model X and Model 3, as well as its solar power products.

While Tesla said they are "incredibly sorry" for Sevonne's loss, they blamed the acciden ton her husband.

Federal safety investigators have booted electric vehicle maker Tesla Inc. from the group investigating a fatal crash in California that involved an SUV operating with the company's Autopilot system.

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"As a reality check, Tesla is worth twice as much as Ford [estimate of the enterprise value of both companies], yet Ford made six million cars previous year at a $7.6 billion profit, while Tesla made 100,000 cars at a $2 billion loss", Vilas Capital Management head John Thompson told Market Watch in March, adding that Tesla is months away from collapse. But the basic premise of the system remains: The auto works the steering and speed, the human monitors and intervenes as needed. UBS upped their target price on Tesla to $365.00 and gave the company a hold rating in a research report on Thursday, February 8th. When the electric SUV collided with the barrier, the driver's hands had been off the wheel for six seconds.

These systems make highway driving more pleasant, and likely safer. Once self-driving cars are approved by regulators, they could be summoned from anywhere. Tesla claims you are 3.7 times less likely to be involved in a fatal accident if you've got Autopilot (which it sells as a $5,000 option). Tesla has said its current factory in Fremont could produce 10,000 vehicles a week - what the company hopes it will build in the Model 3 alone some time in 2018 - without the need for a new building, although some in the industry believe there is not enough room at the plant to support that volume.

That's fair. Humans cause 40,000 deaths on U.S. roads every year.

That's a reference to the death of Joshua Brown, a Tesla customer who died when his Model S slammed into a truck while Autopilot was engaged. We don't believe this is right and we will be making an official complaint to Congress.

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