Tesla Inc chief Elon Musk told employees on Monday the company was undergoing a "thorough reorganisation" as it contends with production problems, senior staff departures and recent crashes involving its electric cars.
Tesla did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Since existing cars have the hardware installed for Autopilot, this feature will also be enabled for existing models, according to the company spokeswoman.
At Tesla it is all crash and burn this month, the cars and the financials are under serious scrutiny. "Eyetracking rejected for being ineffective, not for cost". The CEO said Tesla vehicles were the safest on the road, four times better than average. But unlike Autopilot, Super Cruise uses sensors to track where the driver's eyes are looking, and will give audible and visual alerts if it detects that the driver isn't paying attention. If you are driving a Tesla equipped with Autopilot hardware, you are 3.7 times less likely to be involved in a fatal accident.
According to local media, police said the woman at the wheel of the vehicle claimed it was in a self-driving mode and that her attention was on her phone.
Meanwhile, Tesla is being investigated by the transport safety authorities for a crash, during which, the driver said, the Autopilot feature was on.
Swiss firefighters have indicated the impact of a fatal crash involving a Tesla auto may have triggered a battery fire, causing the vehicle to go up in flames.
Tesla said in a statement: "We have not yet been able to retrieve the logs from the vehicle, but everything we have seen thus far indicates a very high speed collision and that autopilot was not engaged".