Tesla executive Schwall joins Waymo

Roman Schwartz
May 14, 2018

The owner of a Tesla Model S was taken to the hospital after slamming into the back of a fire truck. The Tesla driver suffered injury, with his ankle was torn while no treatment was required for the Fire truck driver.

Police said it's not immediately known whether the Tesla's autopilot driving system was in use when it rear-ended a truck apparently without braking before impact at approximately 60 miles per hour.

It's not known if the Autopilot system was engaged during the crash. Police officer Sergeant Winkler from South Jordan informed that the vehicle's air bags triggered off in the collision. When the accident happened, the road was wet due to light raining in the area.

The Palo Alto, Calif. -based company insists that the Autopilot is not a fully autonomous mode, and drivers should keep their hands on the wheel and the eyes on the road at all times.

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Schwall, "who was the company's main technical contact with U.S. safety investigators, has left for rival Waymo LLC, according to people familiar the decision", The Wall Street Journal reported on 13 May. On Wednesday, the National Transportation Safety Board would investigate a Tesla accident in Florida, however, two teenagers killed in that accident and some injured.

The former Tesla executive began at Waymo last Monday and will work on a variety of self-driving vehicle safety issues in his new role, the Journal reported.

Both, Tesla and Waymo did not immediately respond to an emailed request for comment. The spokesman from NTSB Keith Holloway has said that it is still uncertain if they would be involving with the crash. In March, a Tesla Model X SUV crashed on a California highway, killing the driver, and investigators are looking into the performance of the semi-autonomous driving system in that crash.

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