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Elon Musk Says Tesla Model S Crash Media Coverage Is 'Messed Up'

16 May, 2018, 15:10 | Author: Shawna Walton
  • Tesla Reorganisation Underway Says CEO Elon Musk

Tesla is constantly updating its cars, so look for more software updates coming to the Model 3 in upcoming months as well.

Tesla is ramping up production of its all-important small auto. The driver admitted to police she was looking at her phone just prior to the crash, and Tesla does alert drivers using Autopilot that they need to be ready to take control of the vehicle at any moment.

"These cars can't drive themselves, but it's too easy for consumers to think they can", says William Wallace, senior policy analyst for Consumers Union, the advocacy division of Consumer Reports. He slashed his price target due to troubles in the electric vehicle maker's production process for the wallet-friendly Model 3, which has experienced production delays.

Ensuring that drivers stay engaged and alert when using Autopilot is extremely important.

"That's why we made so many steps to improve this process over time", - said Tesla.

Reuters recalls that Elon Musk mentioned reorganization during Tesla's Q1 earnings conference call, but at that time, Musk did not go into details.

Huang's hands were "not detected on the wheel for six seconds prior to the collision", Tesla said in the blog.

"What's actually unbelievable about this accident is that a Model S hit a fire truck at 60 m.p.h. and the driver only broke an ankle", he added.

Tesla has since pushed back its 20,000 units/month production goal to the end June of 2018. "Approx 4X better than avg", Musk said. 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.

In one of those accidents, a woman in Utah broke her foot after she slammed into a truck when her auto allegedly ran a red light while it was in autopilot mode. Wait times will more than likely extend into 2020, wait times for the current Model 3 are between 12-18 months if you order today.

The National Transportation Safety Board has not opened an investigation into the crash, spokesman Keith Holloway said, though it could decide to do so. Jalopnik asserts that witnesses of the crash didn't see the Model S brake before the impact.

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