Tesla pulls out of NTSB probe of fatal Model X crash

Tesla pulls out of NTSB probe of fatal Model X crash

Tesla reportedly had no record of Huang's complaints.

Tesla is ratcheting up the rhetoric it uses to defend Autopilot, a driver-assistance system that it's claimed will eventually render its cars fully capable of driving themselves. The crash happened on a clear day with several hundred feet of visibility ahead, which means that the only way for this accident to have occurred is if Mr. Huang was not paying attention to the road, despite the vehicle providing multiple warnings to do so.

The NTSB said it clamped down because Tesla had violated an agreement not to disclose details of the crash while it was investigating.

Elon Musk's smart auto manufacturing company has been officially removed from the investigation into the fatal crash.

When asked about the pressure for Tesla to deliver and how many people believe in the company because of Musk himself, Musk responded: "Well, I hope their faith is not misplaced".

"The firm believes Tesla's Autopilot feature is defective and likely caused Huang's death, despite Tesla's apparent attempt to blame the victim of this awful tragedy", the law firm expected to represent Huang's family said, according to The WSJ. NTSB said it found no defect in the Autopilot system and that Tesla had updated the system since that crash. The company said it had opted to withdraw its status as a party to the investigation, but would continue to assist authorities.

Any major Model Y program would require a new assembly plant, though Reuters' sources said the bids were for initial production at Tesla's factory in Fremont, California, which could accommodate some limited Model Y production on the Model 3 line.

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Officials are examining a crash that killed Walter Huang, a 38-year-old man who died when his Tesla Model X slammed into a barrier on a stretch of highway near Mountain View, California. The driver's supposed to keep their eyes on the road and hands on the wheel, to monitor the fallible system. Today, the NTSB announced it kicked Tesla off the team looking into what happened, and how to stop it recurring.

A dispute has developed this week between Tesla and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) over an investigation into a fatal crash involving the carmaker's Autopilot technology. As expected, much of the interview seems to center on the company's current struggles with Model 3 production, with Musk explaining that the saga has been "incredibly hard and painful over the past several months".

Tesla has withdrawn from an investigation "party agreement" with the National Transportation Safety Board.

Tesla disputed the wording of the NTSB's statement.

"Tesla short sellers, after reducing their short exposure for the first two months of 2018, have reversed course and shorted Tesla stock heavily over the last five weeks." . "Participation in the party system is a privilege, which allows the sharing of investigative information with all parties that agree to the terms of the party agreement during the early fact-gathering phase of an investigation", the NTSB said. Tesla has said it warns drivers that they are always responsible for the safe operation of the vehicle. Tesla says for every 320 million miles cars equipped with Autopilot drive, there is one fatality, including known pedestrian fatalities.

After the 2016 fatal crash involving a Model S driver, Tesla modified Autopilot to improve sensors and also increased the frequency of warnings to drivers who didn't have their hands on the wheel.

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