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In Switzerland, the driver of the Tesla crashed and burned

In Switzerland, the driver of the Tesla crashed and burned

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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. Tesla's Autopilot allows the vehicle to drive itself for short periods of time with steering, acceleration, and braking based on traffic conditions.

Tesla did not respond immediately to a request for comment. This week, police have reported that the 28-year-old driver claimed she did have the car's Autopilot feature engaged at the time of the crash.

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 CEO said Tesla vehicles were the safest on the road, four times better than average. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating a Tesla crash in Florida last week that killed two high school students.

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After a rough start to the week - Tesla shares closed down 3 per cent Monday after Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk announced a "thorough reorganization" - Jonas' latest call is further weighing on the stock Tuesday, with shares down as much as 3.9 per cent in morning trading. "And (the Tesla driver) could be facing a citation for failing to maintain control of her vehicle".

The company is developing multiple new vehicles, including a semi truck, and has registered a new auto firm in Shanghai in a likely step toward production in China. NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt released a statement explaining why his agency revoked Tesla's status as an official participant in that investigation.

The crash is one of several Tesla accidents now under investigation.

Tesla is at a critical juncture as it tries to fix an inauspicious launch of the Model 3 sedan, a mid-market vehicle crucial to its success and future profitability that has been plagued by early production problems. Since existing cars have the hardware installed for Autopilot, this feature will also be enabled for existing models, according to the company spokeswoman.