Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
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Tesla Withdraws From NTSB Fatal Model X Crash Investigation

Tesla Withdraws From NTSB Fatal Model X Crash Investigation

The coverage from Reuters continues: "Tesla later said the auto had activated Autopilot, raising new questions about the semi-autonomous system that handles some driving tasks".

In February, CEO Elon Musk said that Tesla would unveil production plans in 3-6 months and job listing for the Model Y also appeared online in March. Its reason for doing so apparently involves Tesla's preference for making information public.

He estimated that the NTSB investigates between 1,300 and 1,400 accidents in all modes of transportation each year. It often shares facts as it finds them, but rarely draws conclusions about things like causality or remedies until it's ready to release a thorough, detailed, and considered report.

As Reuters notes, the competitive bidding process for auto part suppliers usually takes between two and two and a half years. To him, Tesla's reasoning makes little sense.

Days after publishing a second blog post about the crash involving Walter Huang, a 38-year-old who died last month in his Model X, Tesla issued a statement in response to his family speaking with San Francisco television station ABC7. The company indicated that with minimum follow distances that drivers needed to be attentive to the road and ready to intervene with hands on the steering wheel.

As it is the manufacturer of the vehicle involved in the Mountain View crash, the NTSB expects Tesla's future cooperation with data requests.

The NTSB pointed out that automakers and other companies voluntarily enter into such party agreements and that it is important to control the flow of information in order to prevent misinformation and unwarranted speculation about ongoing investigations. The NTSB says it took the action because Tesla had released "investigative information before it was vetted and confirmed by" the agency.

The NTSB guards the integrity of its investigations closely, demanding that participants adhere to rules about what information they can release and their expected cooperation. We believe this would've never happened had this Autopilot never been turned on'. Indeed, the NTSB has no regulatory power.


Groups including Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety and Consumer Reports have criticized Tesla for years for naming its driver-assistance system Autopilot, with the latter calling on the company to choose a different moniker back in July 2016. Even if it refuses, the NTSB can subpoena the info. You can already see the arguments forming for the lawsuit.

Tesla is looking to start production of its Model Y SUV in the U.S.in November 2019 before setting up a setting up factory in China two years later, two inside sources told Reuters mid-April. NHTSA pinned the crash on driver error, saying the system wasn't defective.

Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA), a Consumer Goods sector firm, traded 125.86 Million shares in last trading session and stock gained 5.19% with closing price of $304.70 per share.

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Although Tesla offered its condolences to Huang's family, it didn't mince its words when discussing the crash's cause.

Huang's death isn't the first time Tesla's semi-autonomous cars have been called into question. Cadillac's Super Cruise is especially sophisticated.

However, the company may be sending mixed messages about where a driver's hands can go. He crashed the vehicle into a highway a divider. This reminder is made every single time Autopilot is engaged.

That's fair. Humans cause 40,000 deaths on United States roads every year.

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