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Swiss Tesla accident: crash may have sparked battery fire

16 May, 2018, 15:09 | Author: Sara Gill
  • Tesla bursts into flames after fatal crash in Switzerland (PHOTOS)

That would translate to about 3,500 Model 3s per week, up quite a bit from the weekly production rate of 2,270 it hit in the last week of April.

Tesla is ramping up production of its all-important small auto.

The 28-year-old female driver of the vehicle told police in suburban Salt Lake City that the system was switched on and that she had been looking at her phone before the Friday evening crash. Now, Musk has said in the email to the Tesla staff that it was "flattening the management structure to improve communication", and cutting activities that are not "not vital to the success of our mission".

Earlier NV reported that in Utah sedan Tesla Model S crashed on a fire truck at the traffic lights.

In a statement, the electric automaker said it hasn't received information about the crash: "Tesla has not yet received any data from the auto and thus does not know the facts of what occurred, including whether Autopilot was engaged".


The comment from Musk has come in response to an article in the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) which claimed that Tesla Motors rejected the addition of eye-tracking technology to Autopilot because of cost reasons.

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, Tesla has said.

Information that police are hoping to glean from that data includes confirmation that the autopilot was engaged, whether or not the brakes were ever applied, how fast the vehicle was going and what, if any, warnings or alerts were issued by the autopilot system to the driver. "Approx 4X better than avg", Musk said.

Tesla said it was "deeply saddened" by the accident and was working with local authorities to establish the cause. In a couple of recent tweets Musk downplayed the accident itself, emphasizing the fact that the only injury the Tesla driver had sustained was a broken ankle, when, he argued, it would have been much worse in any other auto. If you are driving a Tesla equipped with Autopilot hardware, you are 3.7 times less likely to be involved in a fatal accident. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is conducting an investigation, but this doesn't look good for Tesla's Autopilot system. The family alleges the crash was the fault of Tesla's Autopilot feature.

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