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U.S. regulators begin Tesla crash investigations

U.S. regulators begin Tesla crash investigations

An NTSB representative reached by Business Insider on Wednesday evening said the agency was not involved with the investigation in South Jordan. The driver said that she was looking at her phone while the issue happened.

The company set up a unit in China this month, taking a step closer to producing electric vehicles in the country and setting up its first gigafactory outside the U.S. Here are the conclusions from Tesla's report.

During the driver's trip, she reportedly toggled Autopilot and active cruise control on and off on multiple occasions, and modified the vehicle's cruise speed at varying points. Witnesses told police the driver of the Tesla did not brake or make any attempt to avoid the collision.

According to the data gathered by Tesla and released by South Jordan Police, the driver took her hands off the car's steering wheel more than a dozen times, and, on two occasions, her hands were off the wheel for more than a minute. "Each time she put her hands back on the wheel, she took them back off the wheel after a few seconds".

About 1 minute and 22 seconds before the crash, she re-enabled Autosteer and Cruise Control, and then, within two seconds, took her hands off the steering wheel again.

The driver re-enabled Autopilot 1 minute and 22 seconds before the crash, let go of the wheel 2 seconds later and then didn't touch the wheel again before hitting the truck at 60 miles per hour (97 kph).

"When using Autopilot, drivers are continuously reminded of their responsibility to keep their hands on the wheel and maintain control of the vehicle at all times", the spokeswoman said. The driver has confirmed that she had her eyes on the phone while the crash happened, which comes against the instructions posed by Tesla.

Police issued the driver a traffic citation for failure to keep proper lookout.

The NHTSA has opened an investigation on the accident on Wednesday as well.

The National Transportation Safety Board, a separate government agency that looks into accidents and makes safety recommendations, has said it is not investigating the Utah crash. "NHTSA will take appropriate action based on its review", according to a statement shared by Wall Street Journal reporter Tim Higgins, which he attributed to NHTSA.

The aftermath of the Tesla Model S crash in Utah. "An impact at that speed usually results in severe injury or death".

Elon Musk may need to tap capital markets for more than $10 billion by 2020 to fund Tesla's automaking operations, new products and an expected expansion into China, according to Goldman Sachs Group.

It is the third Tesla crash since January that the NHTSA is investigating that may have been linked to autopilot.

That makes at least three the number of federal investigations into Tesla crashes now underway.

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