Musk defends self-driving cars after new crash

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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.

The billionaire entrepreneur hit back at the Washington Post's decision to put the story on its front page, calling it "messed up".

Meanwhile, Tesla is being investigated by the transport safety authorities for a crash, during which, the driver said, the Autopilot feature was on.

Sam Winkler said the driver told police she was looking for an alternate route on her phone in the moments before the crash and only looked up just before impact.

Elon Musk speaks at the International Astronautical Congress on September 29, 2017, in Adelaide, Australia.

The police said, based on witness information, the driver did not brake or take any other action to avoid the crash.

"As a reminder for drivers of semi-autonomous vehicles, it is the driver's responsibility to stay alert, drive safely, and be in control of the vehicle at all times", Winkler added.

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The heads of Tesla researched ways to ensure that drivers looked at the road and touched the steering wheel. That kind of accident in most instances would have resulted in serious injury or death.

In the wake of the collision, Musk took to Twitter and attacked The Washington Post's prominent coverage of the incident.

Tesla can not seem to stay out of the news lately.

Now, Tesla is looking at another PR nightmare as the driver of a auto that smashed into a parked fire truck says her Model S was also in Autopilot mode.

In his email to staff, Musk said Tesla was "flattening the management structure to improve communication", combining functions and trimming activities "not vital to the success of our mission" in the reorganization. The car's automatic emergency braking system was revised to allow it to work at speeds up to about 90 miles per hour (150 km, according to Tesla's actual specs), rather than 50 miles per hour before.

Last week, the NTSB opened a probe into an incident in which a Model S caught fire after crashing into a wall in Florida.

On Monday, firefighters in Switzerland said a fatal accident involving a Tesla may have set off a fire in the car's battery.

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