Feds boot Tesla from investigation into fatal crash

  • Feds boot Tesla from investigation into fatal crash

Feds boot Tesla from investigation into fatal crash

Wife of man who died in Tesla crash gives emotional interview to I-TeamThe 38-year-old died March 23 in a fiery Tesla crash in Mountain View on his way to work. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has announced today that Tesla has been removed as a so-called "party" to the investigation, "because Tesla violated the party agreement by releasing investigative information before it was vetted and confirmed by the NTSB".

Tesla was offered and accepted party status for the NTSB investigation into the Mountain View crash. The NTSB said the removal was a rare move, but Tesla's information releases "do not further transportation safety or serve the public interest".

Tesla's announcement late on Wednesday in California came after the company publicly blamed the driver for the crash and made statements about the incident that drew criticism from the NTSB. The agency is investigating the crash of a Model X that was running with Autopilot engaged when it slammed into a highway divider in Northern California last month, killing the driver. Tesla in a statement said Walter Huang, the victim in the California crash, "was well aware that Autopilot was not flawless".

Under a such an agreement, called a party agreement, an automaker pledges to freely provide information and assistance in an investigation and, in turn, the NTSB promises to keep the company informed of the investigation's progress and findings.

"The overreliance issue is probably the most serious issue with all these systems, so that goes with Tesla that was shown there", said Gersch. Elon Musk said last month that Tesla does not need any more cash injections this year.

"It's mostly, like, people cancel because, you know, they just needed a vehicle and we didn't have a auto for them", he said.

Mr. Musk said that Tesla was making progress.

While Tesla said they are "incredibly sorry" for Sevonne's loss, they blamed the acciden ton her husband.

Jefferies Group upgraded shares of Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) from an underperform rating to a hold rating in a research note published on Monday, April 2nd, MarketBeat Ratings reports.

A key question in an era of swiftly changing technology is whether companies will increasingly speak out on their own, particularly when they believe it is to their benefit to do so, or whether they will follow the protocol of NTSB investigations, which can take a year or more but are widely trusted.

For its part, Tesla issued a statement earlier this week saying that the accident was most likely Huang's fault.

At the same time, though, Tesla also commented on the circumstances of the crash.

There is no indication of exact specifications yet or whether the design will echo the Model 3, in the same way the Model X and Model S resemble each other. The company stated vehicle logs from the accident revealed no action had been taken by Huang before the crash and that he got warnings to put his hands on the wheel. This reminder is made every single time Autopilot is engaged.

The crash involving Walter Huang is now being investigated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). "NHTSA found that even the early version of Tesla Autopilot resulted in 40 percent fewer crashes and it has improved substantially since then".