Tesla kicked out of probe into fatal Model X crash

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23 April, 2018

At the moment, Tesla has plenty of other battles to fight.

Tesla has been removed from the investigation into a fatal crash involving one of its autopiloted cars.

"Tesla violated the party agreement by releasing investigative information before it was vetted and confirmed by the NTSB", the agency said in a statement. Or, an alternative way to read it, Tesla resigned from the investigation. Shares of Tesla tumbled more than 20% since hitting a record high last September.

"We chose to revoke Tesla's party status and informed Mr. Musk in a phone call last evening and via a letter today", NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt said in the statement.

Then Tesla - a company led by a man who closely monitors the media and his public image - asserted that the safety board was "more concerned with press headlines than actually promoting safety".

Investigations into crashes are long and complex processes and companies with vehicles involved want to answer questions about incidents.

It could, however, be an incentive for Model 3 reservation holders to jump ship, particularly if they're waiting for the most affordable version of the vehicle as was initially promised.

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"The uncoordinated release of investigative information can affect how other parties work with us in the future so we take each unauthorized release very seriously", O'Neil said. "That seems to me to be quite fair". Following the death of Brown in 2016, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) - which is separate to the NTSB - released 153 pages of correspondence between it and Tesla to WIRED. Information in this release is fact checked and produced by competent editors of The Stock Gem; however, human error can exist.

It's not hard to see why an official investigation might be annoyed at premature disclosures like this one.

In a post to its website, Tesla said that this missing barrier contributed to worsening the impact of the crash in a blog post. Cascend Securities lowered shares of Tesla from a "hold" rating to a "sell" rating and set a $250.00 target price for the company.in a research report on Tuesday, December 5th.

Tesla's Autopilot setting lets the car's sensors - including radars, ultrasonic detectors and LiDAR - control the vehicle's speed and movement between lanes.

The spokeswoman referred to a statement saying that Tesla owners' manuals have warnings and notifications stating that a driver should not depend on the car's autosteer system to pick the right driving path. Failure to put hands back on the controls will eventually result in the vehicle bringing itself to a stop.

In a Wednesday statement, Tesla again pinned responsibility for the crash on Huang, saying that "the only way for this accident to have occurred is if Mr. Huang was not paying attention to the road, despite the vehicle providing multiple warnings to do so". The NTSB is looking at multiple issues related to how the car's software and sensors performed, and an interior video showed that the safety driver in the SUV wasn't watching the road for about five seconds leading up to the collision. "People simply can't attend to when there is not much happening".

The NTSB makes recommendations to prevent crashes, while NHTSA has authority to fine automakers, push for recalls and seek regulations.


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