Wednesday July 06, 2016

Tesla Told Regulators About Autopilot Crash Nine Days After Accident

Tesla waited nine days before telling regulators National Highway Traffic Safety Administration about the guy that died in that crash while on Autopilot. That seems like a long time before reporting it but, like most people, I have no idea what the rules are governing an accident like this.

Tesla learned about the crash of the Model S sedan in Florida "shortly" after the May 7 crash, and on May 16 it disclosed the incident to the government. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on June 30 announced a probe. The news comes as the company faces pressure on several fronts. Its bid to buy rooftop solar power company SolarCity has been questioned by investors, and over the U.S. July 4 holiday weekend, it disclosed that second-quarter vehicle production missed company targets.