Tesla chief defends self-driving cars after new crash

Sean Reid
May 16, 2018

While Tesla has not yet revealed any mechanical specifications for the dual motor Model 3, the range-topping small vehicle will offer upscaled performance much like the larger Model S and Model X, both of which now only offer dual motor layouts. The questions included the electric vehicle maker's cash burn, its relationship with SpaceX and production of the Model 3.

'Tesla has not yet received any data from the auto and thus does not know the facts of what occurred, although it appeared to be a high-speed collision'. Put simply, Tesla doesn't have much time left to prove that it's capable of sufficiently ramping up production on the Model 3.

The Tesla was traveling at 60 miles per hour when it hit the truck, which was stopped at a light.


The Tesla driver, who claimed to be using the autosteer feature, was transported to hospital with a broken right foot, while the driver of the vehicle that was hit was checked for injuries related to whiplash but not admitted for further checks.

Additionally, Musk also requested that employees inform him of "any specific bottlenecks" that may hinder the company from hitting the target so that he can take the necessary action to rectify the issue.

The driver of the Tesla Model S (28-year-old female from Lehi, Utah) was subsequently interviewed by the South Jordan Police and said that she had been using the "Autopilot" featurein the Tesla.


A US traffic safety regulator on May 2 contradicted Tesla's claim that the agency had found that its Autopilot technology significantly reduced crashes.

Huang's hands were "not detected on the wheel for six seconds prior to the collision", Tesla said in the blog. This is the first time that Jonas has dropped his target below Tesla's current trading price in months, according to Business Insider. "It is not a self-driving system", Musk said. Tesla's Autopilot allows the vehicle to drive itself for short periods of time with steering, acceleration, and braking based on traffic conditions.

A Tesla spokesperson told Newsweek on Tuesday: "Tesla has not yet received any data from the vehicle and thus does not know the facts of what occurred, including whether Autopilot was engaged".


The NTSB said last week it was investigating a Tesla accident in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on May 8 that killed two teenagers and injured another - the agency's fourth active probe into crashes of the company's electric vehicles.

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