Elon Musk says Tesla planning 'thorough reorganisation'

Elon Musk says all-wheel-drive, Performance Model 3s will be available to order this week

Federal officials have investigated at least two accidents in which Tesla crashed while in autopilot.

Tesla confirmed the contents of the email after they were reported by the Wall Street Journal.

The tech billionaire's email to employees also comes amid production problems and senior staff departures, with shares falling 2.1% to $297 on Monday.

Senior Tesla executives have departed or cut back work. Waymo, Alphabet Inc's self-driving unit, said on Sunday that Matthew Schwall had joined from Tesla, where he was its main technical contact with USA safety investigators.

The driver in the latest Tesla Model S crash revealed that Autopilot mode was activated, but admitted that she was looking at her phone at the time of the accident. Picture taken May 11, 2018.

It said Mr Field, who had been in charge of production until earlier this year, "had not left the firm" but gave no indication of when he would return.

Musk said on a May 2 earnings call that the company was "going to conduct sort of a reorganization restructuring of the company. this month and make sure we're well set up to achieve that goal".




The driver of the Tesla may face charges for failing to maintain the safety of her vehicle, which would be a traffic infraction, according to police spokesman Sgt. Samuel Winkler.

More recently, the NTSB was called in to review details of a March crash in which a Tesla Model X slam into a highway divider in Mountain View, Calif.

Winkler added that in a semi-autonomous vehicle, it is still the driver's responsibility to "stay alert, drive safely, and be in control of the vehicle at all times". However Musk has since denied those claims by saying, "This is false".

There was no indication that brakes were used when the vehicle crashed.

Musk also said that the company would continue to hire hourly and salaried positions for Model 3 production. He said Tesla's record of a fatality every 320 million miles compared with last year's national average of 86 million miles, per safety regulators.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk said in a memo on Monday that the company is reorganizing in an effort aimed at "flattening management". South Jordan police also said the 28-year-old driver "admitted that she was looking at her phone prior to the collision" and that witnesses said the auto did not brake or take any action to avoid the crash.

Since the release of Autopilot on the Tesla Model S, several crashes have prompted Tesla to made it mandatory for drivers to keep their hands on the wheels.

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