Tesla CEO responds to Fortune article about fatal crash involving Model S
On Wednesday, electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla Motors' CEO Elon Musk responded to a Fortune magazine article which questioned the automaker's ethics in handling the repercussions of a fatal crash that involved a Model S sedan in self-driving mode.
The crash took place in May in Williston, Fla., and resulted in the death of 40-year-old Joshua Brown, of Canton, Ohio.
In its article published on Tuesday, Fortune highlighted the fact that though the fatal crash involving Model S sedan took place on May 7, Tesla and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) -- to whom the fatal crash was reported by Tesla on May 16 -- had publicly disclosed the cash on June 30.
The Fortune article stated that Musk and the NHTSA did not initially disclose "the very material fact that a man had died while using an auto-pilot technology that Tesla had marketed vigorously as safe and important to its customers."
In response to the Fortune article, Musk said in a Wednesday blog post that the article is "fundamentally incorrect." Musk further added that, in the article, it was falsely assumed that the fatal crash was caused by Autopilot failure.
Recounting that the crash was "the result of a semi-tractor trailer crossing both lanes of a divided highway in front of an oncoming car," Musk said: "Whether driven under manual or assisted mode, this presented a challenging and unexpected emergency braking scenario for the driver to respond to."
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