Tesla driver says she slammed into fire truck on Autopilot

Embattled Musk 'thoroughly reorganising' Tesla

Responding to a user who indicated that Tesla's autopilot function still needs safety tweaking, Musk stated: "It certainly needs to be better & we work to improve it every day, but flawless is enemy of good".

In one of those accidents, a woman in Utah broke her foot after she slammed into a truck when her vehicle allegedly ran a red light while it was in autopilot mode.

"What's actually wonderful about this accident is that a Model S hit a fire truck at 60 miles per hour and the driver only broke an ankle". The 28 year-old driver admitted to looking at her phone before the crash, despite the company's mandate that customers remain alert while using Autopilot, and not rely on the system entirely. "An impact that speed usually results in severe injury or death".

Waymo, Alphabet's self-driving unit, said on Sunday that Matthew Schwall had joined the company from Tesla. The driver of the fire truck was evaluated for whiplash but was not checked into the hospital.

The crash comes as federal safety agencies investigate the performance of Tesla's semi-autonomous driving system.

Regulators are also looking into the performance of the Autopilot system in the March crash of a Tesla Model X SUV that crashed on a California highway.

Meanwhile, Musk told employees Monday that the company plans to "flatten" its structure while working to improve communication and trim actions "that are not vital" to the company's success.

Though Tesla - and the self-driving vehicle industry - certainly has a red target on its back as of late, Musk is confident that advanced technology and more diligent work will improve his company's system.

National Transportation Safety Board Keith Holloway said the agency is not yet investigating the matter. "To be clear, we will continue to hire rapidly in critical hourly and salaried positions to support the Model 3 production ramp and future product development".

Witnesses said the Tesla auto did not brake prior to impact, the police said in a statement, adding it was unknown if the autopilot feature in the Model S was engaged at the time.

The Tesla's air bags were activated in the crash, South Jordan police Sgt. Samuel Winkler said.

According to Tesla, it was the fault of the driver that caused the accident; the car's autopilot system was engaged only six seconds before the accident.

After a rough start to the week - Tesla shares closed down 3 per cent Monday after Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk announced a "thorough reorganization" - Jonas' latest call is further weighing on the stock today, with shares down 2.6 per cent in pre-market trading.

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