Tesla Model S Owner Says Autopilot Was Enabled During Utah Crash

Tesla Model S Owner Says Autopilot Was Enabled During Utah Crash

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. Witnesses said the auto "did not brake or take any action to avoid the collision" but the driver has since admitted to police that she had been looking at her phone prior to the collision.

He said the "actually amazing" thing is how little the driver was injured despite her high speed. "She was looking at her phone and looked up just as the accident was about to happen".

The driver hit a fire truck going 60 miles per hour and only suffered a broken ankle.

In a statement, the electric automaker said it hasn't received information about the crash: "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".

Tesla declined to comment for this story.

"The vehicle frame was bent and there was significant damage", Winkler said.

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Winkler also said that Tesla staff had been highly cooperative in the post-accident investigation. In August 2015, when Tesla shares were around US$260, Morgan Stanley had a US$465 price target, with Jonas predicting that the company would introduce "Tesla Mobility, an app-based, on-demand mobility service", which could be worth as much as US$244 a share.

Federal regulators are not investigating the crash of a Tesla electric vehicle this weekend, as Utah police try to determine whether the car's semi-autonomous Autopilot feature was switched on. "And (the Tesla driver) could be facing a citation for failing to maintain control of her vehicle".

Tesla can not seem to stay out of the news lately.

Over the past two months, federal officials have opened investigations into at least two other crashes involving Tesla vehicles.

"It is unfortunate that Tesla, by its actions, did not abide by the party agreement", Sumwalt said.

"The challenges in ramping up Model 3 production reflect fundamental issues of vehicle design, manufacturing process and automation levels that can weigh against the profitability of the vehicle", Jonas wrote Monday night in a note to clients. After a hard first year of Model 3 production, Tesla is running out of investor patience (and, more importantly, money), and Musk is gambling that the company will be cash-flow positive by the end of the year thanks to an increased Model 3 production rate.

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