A Tesla Model S driver was travelling at 60mph (97kph) when the vehicle smashed into a fire engine in Utah on Friday night.
The Tesla Model S crashed into the truck at 60 miles per hour (97 kph) apparently without braking before impact, according to police in South Jordan, a suburb of Salt Lake City. Police Sgt. Samuel Winkler said the car's air bags were activated and that the Tesla's 28-year-old driver suffered a broken right ankle, while the driver of the mechanic truck didn't require treatment.
Tesla is bleeding top talent, and investors are concerned the electric carmaker can't possibly be profitable by the second half of 2018 as its chief executive Elon Musk predicted. The driver of the fire truck was evaluated for whiplash but was not checked into the hospital.
The electric automaker cautions drivers to remain alert when Autopilot is active, a warning that local police in Utah reiterated on Monday, according to AP.
Tesla's headwinds are structural, he said, even as the company promised manufacturing problems for the Model 3 are but a blip and will soon recover.
He said the "actually amazing" thing is how little the driver was injured despite her high speed.
"This remains an active investigation and the South Jordan Police Department is now working with technicians from Tesla to gather and review data stored within the vehicle, which may take several days", police sergeant Samuel Winkler said in a statement published online this week.
Despite the rocky relationship between Tesla and the NTSB, agency spokesperson Keith Holloway said he's still uncertain as to whether the agency will open an investigation into the accident.
Complicating Tesla's problems, however, have been reports of a series of recent crashes that have resulted in several deaths and injuries. The agency has said it does not expect the semi-autonomous system to be a focus of that investigation. This past March, the agency opened an investigation after a Mountain View, California man crashed into a highway barrier and the auto burst into flames.
"The system worked as described, which is that it's a hands-on system".
Autopilot, a form of advanced cruise control, handles some driving tasks and warns those behind the wheel they are always responsible for the vehicle's safe operation, Tesla has said.
"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.
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