Tesla driver says she slammed into fire truck on Autopilot

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Swiss firefighters have indicated the impact of a fatal crash involving a Tesla auto may have triggered a battery fire, causing the vehicle to go up in flames.

Schwall, "who was the organization's principle specialized contact with U.S. wellbeing agents, has left for match Waymo LLC, as per individuals acquainted with the choice", The Wall Street Journal wrote about Sunday.

Also on Monday, Tesla said its highest-ranking engineer would take a leave of absence and CEO Elon Musk formally announced the restructuring he had previously hinted about on Tesla's freakish first-quarter earnings conference call. The company said that total Model 3 production was 9,766 for the quarter and that it delivered 8,180 cars.

The change comes as Electrek reported on a company memo saying Tesla (TSLA) is poised to top Model 3 production numbers of 500 a day.

Mr Musk said during a conference call earlier this month that the company was going to conduct sort of a reorganisation restructuring. He added that he would reduce the number of third-party contracting companies engaged by Tesla, equating them with "barnacles" needing to be scrubbed off.

You've got barnacles on barnacles.

Tesla's shares fell by 5% afterwards.

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Police are investigating whether a Tesla sedan's semi-autonomous Autopilot feature was engaged when it rear-ended a fire department truck in Utah.

The driver of the fire department vehicle suffered minor whiplash and was not taken to a hospital.

Witnesses said the Tesla vehicle did not brake prior to impact, the police said in a statement, adding it was unknown if the autopilot feature in the Model S was engaged 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.

The National Transport Safety Board is already investigating two fatal incidents involving Tesla vehicles.

Additionally, the NTSB is also looking into a 2016 accident in which the driver of a Tesla slammed into a tractor trailer and died. He said Tesla's record of one fatality every 512 million kilometres compared favourably with the 2017 national average of 138 million kilometres, according to safety regulators.

After a rough start to the week - Tesla shares closed down 3 per cent Monday after Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk announced a "thorough reorganization" - Jonas' latest call is further weighing on the stock today, with shares down 2.6 per cent in pre-market trading.

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