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Tesla with Autopilot slams into truck stopped at red light

15 May 2018

"To ensure that Tesla is well prepared for the future, we have been undertaking a thorough reorganization of our company" Musk said in a company-wide email.

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.

Musk also said that the company would continue to hire hourly and salaried positions for Model 3 production.

While those crashes could raise concerns about the safety of Tesla's products, the more immediate threat to the company's viability is lagging Model 3 production at its Fremont, California assembly plant.

"It is our view that 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".

While consumers nationwide have reason to be on edge when it comes to the fast-growing self-driving vehicle industry, Tesla's Autopilot feature has been a hot button issue for some time now, despite the company touting it as "the future of driving".

However, representatives of the company repeatedly warned the owners of electric Tesla, that when using the autopilot, they should still be careful and watch the road.

In a Twitter post on Monday, Musk denied a Wall Street Journal report that Tesla had rejected a system that would have tracked driver eye movement when using Autopilot for cost reasons.

"This is false", Musk wrote.

The crash comes as federal safety agencies investigate the performance of Tesla's semi-autonomous driving system. WSJ fails to mention that Tesla is safest vehicle on road, which would make article ridiculous.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk said in a memo on Monday that the company is reorganizing in an effort aimed at "flattening management". He said Tesla's record of a fatality every 320 million miles compared with last year's national average of 86 million miles, per safety regulators.

"In exceptional circumstances, lithium ion batteries can experience a sudden and unstoppable rise in temperature - a sort of chain reaction that can lead to a breakdown of the thermal equilibrium of the system and to the complete destruction of the batteries and the vehicle", fire safety expert Guido Zaccarelli said in an article quoted by the Bellinzona fire brigade. It was unknown at the time of the accident whether the driver was operating on the Autopilot feature.

The National Transportation Safety Board has already launched probes of the California and Florida crashes. [L5N1SL7R8] It was the latest accident involving a Tesla.

The most recent incident took place in Utah last Friday, a 28-year-old woman's Model S ramming into the back of a fire truck at a high rate of speed.

Tesla with Autopilot slams into truck stopped at red light