Tesla rejected eye-tracking technology for Autopilot because it is ineffective: Musk

A charging station for electric-powered Tesla cars is seen in Melide   Thomson Reuters

A charging station for electric-powered Tesla cars is seen in Melide Thomson Reuters

Ensuring that drivers stay engaged and alert when using Autopilot is extremely important.

On Twitter, co-founder Elon Musk said it was "super messed up" that the incident was garnering public attention, while thousands of accidents involving traditional automobiles "get nearly no coverage".

The incident involving the Tesla Model S occurred on May 11 in South Jordan, Utah, when an unidentified 28-year-old female ran a red light and crashed into the back of another vehicle at 60 miles per hour.

Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) will pause production at its California factory for six days at the end of the May to work on fixes to its assembly line for its new Model 3 sedan, sources inside the company told Reuters.

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".

Lithium-ion batteries can have a sudden and unstoppable increase in temperature in a chain reaction that leads to the complete destruction of the batteries and the vehicle, fire safety expert Guido Zaccarelli wrote in an article quoted in the firefighters' deleted post. The 28-year-old driver of the auto told police in suburban Salt Lake City that the system was switched on and that she had been looking at her phone before the Friday evening crash. Now, Musk has said in the email to the Tesla staff that it was "flattening the management structure to improve communication", and cutting activities that are not "not vital to the success of our mission". The driver of the fire truck suffered whiplash and was not taken to a hospital.

Despite this, CEO Elon Musk hit out at coverage in the immediate aftermath of the crash, asserting that a crash of this sort would usually result in "severe injury or death".

Tesla earlier this month said it would hit that goal.

The NTSB is also investigating a Tesla Model S crash that left two people dead and another injured in Florida. "Approx 4X better than avg", Musk said.

The investigation into the crash in Utah is ongoing, police said. "And (the Tesla driver) could be facing a citation for failing to maintain control of her vehicle".

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