Tesla expected to halt production for six days

Tesla expected to halt production for six days

Tesla expected to halt production for six days

Tesla's much-hyped hope to bring electric vehicles to the masses suffered another blow, as production problems with the company's purported entry-level auto led to a downgrade from a Morgan Stanley analyst.

According to local media, police said the woman at the wheel of the vehicle claimed it was in a self-driving mode and that her attention was on her phone.

"These cars can't drive themselves, but it's too easy for consumers to think they can", says William Wallace, senior policy analyst for Consumers Union, the advocacy division of Consumer Reports.

Earlier NV reported that in Utah sedan Tesla Model S crashed on a fire truck at the traffic lights.

The comment from Musk has come in response to an article in the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) which claimed that Tesla Motors rejected the addition of eye-tracking technology to Autopilot because of cost reasons.

Tesla said in a statement: "We have not yet been able to retrieve the logs from the vehicle, but everything we have seen thus far indicates a very high speed collision and that autopilot was not engaged".

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Tesla and its CEO Elon Musk have been forced twice to admit it would not hit its production target for the Model 3, which now stands at 5,000 cars per week by the end of June.

Tesla's Autopilot displays audio and visual warnings if it does not detect a driver's hands on the wheel, and it will shut the system off after too many warnings.

The driver in that incident died, but Tesla said he was pulled from the vehicle before it caught fire. "It is not a self-driving system", Musk said. If you are driving a Tesla equipped with Autopilot hardware, you are 3.7 times less likely to be involved in a fatal accident.

Tesla can not seem to stay out of the news lately. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is conducting an investigation, but this doesn't look good for Tesla's Autopilot system.

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.

The NTSB said last week it was investigating a Tesla accident in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on May 8 that killed two teenagers and injured another - the agency's fourth active probe into crashes of the company's electric vehicles.

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