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US transportation safety agency chairman and Tesla's Elon Musk discuss fatal 'autopilot' Tesla crash


Added 04-09-18 10:02:02pm EST - “The chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board and Elon Musk had a "constructive conversation" on the agency's probe into a fatal crash involving a Tesla vehicle that was operating in semi-autonomous Autopilot mode, the…” - Cnbc.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Cnbc.com: “US transportation safety agency chairman and Tesla's Elon Musk discuss fatal 'autopilot' Tesla crash”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board and Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk had a "constructive conversation" on the agency's probe into a fatal crash involving a Tesla vehicle that was operating in semi-autonomous Autopilot mode, the agency said on Monday.

The NTSB on April 1 had said it was "unhappy" that luxury electric car maker Tesla had made public information about the crash of a Model X vehicle that killed the car's driver.

NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt "had what he described as a very constructive conversation with Mr. Musk over the weekend," agency spokesman Peter Knudson said.

"They discussed the investigation of the March 23 Tesla crash, NTSB investigative processes, and Tesla's work to address the safety recommendations that were issued last year."

The crash has put a sharp focus on Tesla's Autopilot technology, which allows drivers to take their hands off the wheel for extended periods under certain conditions. Tesla requires users to agree to keep their hands on the wheel at all times before they can use Autopilot. Users, however, routinely brag they can use the system to drive hands-free.

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