Federal officials boot Tesla from crash investigation

Tesla has declined to say how long drivers can now use Autopilot between visual or audible warnings to have a hand on the wheel

The National Transportation Safety Board, already "unhappy" about Tesla's decision to release information involving its Autopilot system, announced on Thursday the removal of the Palo Alto electric auto company as a party to an investigation that killed a San Mateo man last month. The crash, on March 23, saw a Model X SUV collide with a barrier on the highway in Mountain View, California, killing the driver. Tesla on Thursday defended its disclosures, saying the agreement with the NTSB "requires that we not release information about Autopilot to the public, a requirement which we believe fundamentally affects public safety negatively", a company spokesperson said.

Two sources reportedly told the worldwide news agency that Elon Musk's firm is accepting preliminary bids for contracts, despite offering suppliers few details about the program. But the NTSB announced the "removal of Tesla", after the company disclosed information the agency said could taint the public understanding of what happened, in violation of the agreement. Tesla previously said that the electric car's autopilot function was activated seconds before the crash and blamed the incident on driver error in a March 30 blog post and a subsequent statement. The agency is investigating the crash of a Model X that was running with Autopilot engaged when it slammed into a highway divider in Northern California last month, killing the driver.

The family of Huang has hired the law firm of Minami Tamaki to represent it in upcoming suits to be filed against Tesla, and potentially, the company's subcontractors that helped design and build the Autopilot system. Tesla has offered no official comment on the Model Y's production timeline. In an April 6 phone call, NTSB chairman Robert Sumwalt warned Elon Musk by phone that talking to the media could lead to loss of party status. Tesla claims it will file a complaint about the NTSB to Congress. "His daily routine is to wake up every morning before everyone else to make breakfast for everyone and make coffee for Sevonne", said Will Huang, Walter's brother.

A key question in an era of swiftly changing technology is whether companies will increasingly speak out on their own, particularly when they believe it is to their benefit to do so, or whether they will follow the protocol of NTSB investigations, which can take a year or more but are widely trusted. Sumwalt said in 2017 that "system safeguards were lacking" and "Tesla allowed the driver to use the system outside of the environment for which it was designed and the system gave far too much leeway to the driver to divert his attention". If you are driving a Tesla equipped with Autopilot hardware, you are 3.7 times less likely to be involved in a fatal accident and this continues to improve.

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The safety board has in some cases thrown airlines, aircraft manufacturers and unions off of investigations in cases where they were either making unauthorized statements or not producing information the NTSB expected of them.

While sympathizing with the family, Tesla again blamed Huang. It also revoked the party status of both the Independent Pilots Association and UPS during an investigation into the crash of a UPS flight in Alabama in 2014. When I visited Tesla's headquarters for a Model S test drive a year ago, the spokeswoman made a point of walking me through the various safety warnings a driver sees both before and during Autopilot use. The regulatory body for the automotive industry in the U.S. is the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) with whom we have a strong and positive relationship.

But to properly understand Tesla's seething anger at a government body widely seen as even-keeled and impartial, you need a quick dive into the past.

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