Tesla and NTSB fall out over Model X crash death investigation

"Tesla withdrew from the party agreement with the NTSB because it requires that we not release information about Autopilot to the public, a requirement which we believe fundamentally affects public safety negatively", the company said.

Despite the troubles around the ramp-up of its Model 3 production, Tesla is already eyeing the launch of its next model, the Y, in November next year, two unnamed sources told Reuters. The agency's chairman, Robert Sumwalt, said in a statement that Tesla CEO Elon Musk was informed of the decision by phone and letter. A few months later, the NTSB issued its own report, saying Tesla bears some blame for Brown's death, because its auto didn't do enough to ensure he watched the road.

The coverage from Reuters continues: "Tesla later said the vehicle had activated Autopilot, raising new questions about the semi-autonomous system that handles some driving tasks". But the NTSB said Tesla flouted the deal with the agency when it agreed to be a party.

"We chose to revoke Tesla's party status and informed Mr. Musk (Elon Musk, CEO of both SpaceX and Tesla) in a phone call last evening and via letter today", he added. For the official word on how to do that, we'll have to wait for the NTSB to finish its work-even without Tesla's help. We will also be issuing a Freedom Of Information Act request to understand the reasoning behind their focus on the safest cars in America while they ignore the cars that are the least safe.

The stakes for Tesla's bid to defend Autopilot are significant. Tesla said it had made improvements in the system since the crash.

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. In 2009, the NTSB revoked the party status of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association in the investigation of a mid-air collision over the Hudson River.

It seems that the family of that man has now hired lawyers. If you are driving a Tesla equipped with Autopilot hardware, you are 3.7 times less likely to be involved in a fatal accident and this continues to improve.

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Later, Musk said that with the firm's then-just released updates, the crash probably wouldn't have happened.

In the space of a week, Tesla and the National Transportation Safety Board have gone from cooperating on the investigation of last month's fatal Tesla crash to a almost complete war.

Most components Model Y will borrow from Model 3, however, some technical solutions will get from the "older" model Model X. For example, the compact crossover will get the original back door, which the company calls "Falcon wings".

Tesla's initial statement announcing its withdrawal did not disclose that the NTSB was revoking its status.

The Palo Alto, California, company said its vehicle logs showed Huang took no action to stop the Model X from crashing into a concrete lane divider.

But the two sides offer different explanations for the split, and the dispute between the National Transportation Safety Board and the electric carmaker could have broad implications for safety investigations and the development of partially and fully automated vehicles.

The NTSB also encouraged Tesla and other automakers to "limit the use of automated vehicle control systems to those conditions for which they were designed".

  • Rita Burton