Tesla 'Does Not Know' If Autopilot Used In Crash


Musk, 46, had asked Field about a year ago to manage both engineering and production to better align the two departments, the CEO wrote in a tweet last month. He added that it "looks promising". Musk said that a reorganization would help the company achieve profitability.

Schwall's exit reportedly coincides with the company's announcement that Doug Field - Tesla's engineering chief - was taking a leave.

While the temporary departure of an executive doesn't officially push the panic button for Tesla fans, or the company's investors, it continues a growing trend of uncertainty surrounding the automaker.

The company confirmed the note that was disclosed earlier by the Wall Street Journal. We put too much new technology into the Model 3 all at once. WSJ fails to mention that Tesla is safest vehicle on road, which would make article ridiculous. The carmaker has faced several delays this year alone, however. The fire department mechanic truck had been stopped at a red light.

Tesla shares fell 3 percent to close at $291.97 on Monday.

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This is just one of the many problems plaguing Elon Musk and Tesla. Musk has since upped the Model 3 production target to 6,000 cars per week. Jim Keller, the head of the driver-assistance system Autopilot, left last month for Intel Corp.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has not opened an investigation into the crash, but spokesman Keith Holloway said it could still decide to do so.

There was no indication the Tesla's driver was under the influence of any substance, and information on what the driver may have told investigators about the circumstances of the crash likely would not be available before Monday, Winkler said by telephone. "My job as CEO is to focus on what's most critical, which is now Model 3 production".

In addition to the Dual Motor version the Performance variant is also coming soon. It's a known fact that Tesla has been struggling with automating its Model 3 production leading to long-term production delays. Tesla said that the company was making 2,270 Model 3 vehicles per week in April.

Updated on May 14: Tesla is looking to ramp up production with a hackathon.