Tesla refutes reports it rejected extra autopilot safety features over costs

Tesla refutes reports it rejected extra autopilot safety features over costs

According to the WSJ article, Musk and other Tesla executives chose not to add eye-tracking technology to Autopilot "because of costs" as well as due to concerns that the technology may not be effective or may infuriate some drivers by its frequent beeping sound.

On Twitter, co-founder Elon Musk said it was "super messed up" that the incident was garnering public attention, while thousands of accidents involving traditional automobiles "get nearly no coverage".

According to a Reuters report citing sources "inside the company", Tesla is shutting down its Model 3 assembly line for six days, in order to perform upgrades that will help Tesla reach its production goals.

Tesla is at a critical juncture as it tries to fix an inauspicious launch of the Model 3 sedan, a mid-market auto crucial to its success and future profitability that has been plagued by early production problems.

Winkler echoed some of Musk's comments, noting that even though the Tesla was extensively damaged, the driver's injuries were relatively minor.

In a statement on its Facebook page Ticino fire brigade said: 'The violent impact of Lithium-ion batteries could probably have caused a phenomenon called "thermal runaway", i.e. a rapid and unstoppable increase in temperature'.

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On a May 2 earnings call, Musk said Tesla would conduct "a reorganization restructuring" this month, without providing more details. The driver of the fire truck suffered whiplash and was not taken to a hospital.

Last week, the company confirmed that it was cooperating with Florida authorities after a collision involving its Model S resulted in the death of two teenagers.

Two 18-year-olds were trapped in the vehicle and killed in the flames. The driver in that incident died.

"The system worked as described, which is that it's a hands-on system". A driver was behind the wheel of the test vehicle in that case but failed to halt in time. "And (the Tesla driver) could be facing a citation for failing to maintain control of her vehicle".

NTSB spokesman Keith Holloway told the Deseret News, as of Monday evening, the agency had not opened an investigation into the Friday crash in South Jordan but would make an announcement if that status changed.

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