Tesla booted from safety investigation into fatal Autopilot crash


But the NTSB announced the "removal of Tesla", after the company disclosed information the agency said could taint the public understanding of what happened, in violation of the agreement.

Walter Huang was killed when his Model X SUV crashed on March 23 into a concrete lane divider on Highway 101 in Mountain View, California. The company said the "only" explanation for the crash was "if Mr. Huang was not paying attention to the road, despite the auto providing multiple warnings to do so". Where do I start?

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Along with Tesla, Cadillac, Nissan, Mercedes-Benz, Audi, and others already, or soon will offer this sort of semi-autonomous system, requiring the human behind the wheel remain attentive. The U.S. agency is in the midst of two active investigations into Autopilot-related crashes.

Minami Tamaki said its preliminary review suggested the autopilot feature was defective. "If they're not effective in getting someone to re-engage - as they say that their drivers have to - then they're not doing their job".

Tesla also alleges its "clear in our conversations" with the NTSB that it cares less about safety and more about press headlines. Parties must agree to not release certain investigative information, however, before the NTSB concludes the inquiry.

The coverage from Reuters continues: "Tesla later said the vehicle had activated Autopilot, raising new questions about the semi-autonomous system that handles some driving tasks". The family's lawyer believes Tesla is blaming Huang to distract from the family's concern about the car's Autopilot. Some users of course abuse the system and use it in such a way as to endanger themselves and other drivers.

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At issue is the NTSB's investigation into the fatal crash of a Tesla that was in Autopilot mode.

In February, CEO Elon Musk said that Tesla would unveil production plans in 3-6 months and job listing for the Model Y also appeared online in March.

Tesla's statements have highlighted the need for drivers to keep their hands on the wheel and pay attention to the road at all times while Autopilot is engaged. "If you are driving a Tesla equipped with Autopilot hardware, you are 3.7 times less likely to be involved in a fatal accident and this continues to improve".

"Tesla short sellers, after reducing their short exposure for the first two months of 2018, have reversed course and shorted Tesla stock heavily over the last five weeks." .

Tesla's announcement late on Wednesday in California came after the company publicly blamed the driver for the crash and made statements about the incident that drew criticism from the NTSB.

San Franciso-based law firm points to Autopilot as cause of death. The agency closed its probe in January 2017. NTSB said it found no defect in the Autopilot system and that Tesla had updated the system since that crash.

"Since most cars are only in use by their owner for 5% to 10% of the day, the fundamental economic utility of a true self-driving auto is likely to be several times that of a vehicle which is not", said Musk. "The reason that other families are not on TV is because their loved ones are still alive".