Elon Musk: Tesla Autopilot system 'prevented severe injury' in 60mph crash

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The 28-year-old driver has admitted to police that she was looking at her phone when she crashed, the Daily Mail reports.

A Tesla spokesman said: "We are deeply saddened by this accident, and we are working to establish the facts of the incident and offer our full cooperation to local authorities".

The woman suffered only a broken foot in the crash. The driver of the fire truck was evaluated for whiplash but was not checked into the hospital.

Tesla officials and Utah police wouldn't provide additional details Monday about the Friday evening crash that left the Tesla Model S driver with a broken ankle. "An impact at that speed usually results in severe injury or death", the CEO tweeted.

Waymo, Alphabet's self-driving unit, said on Sunday that Matthew Schwall had joined the company from Tesla. Following the accident, and much consumer outcry over the safety of autonomous vehicles, Uber and Waymo advocated to have legislation passed that would quickly expand self-driving vehicle testing. Although the Model S can be driven autonomously, it remains unclear whether the car's autopilot feature was turned on at the time of the crash.

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Earlier, Ron Medford was Deputy Administrator at National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Tesla requires drivers to remain alert and keep their hands on the wheel at all times when Autopilot is engaged.

"We believe there is significant potential strategic value within Tesla, including its invested capital, design, brand, technology, relationships with key stakeholders (suppliers, governments, commercial partners) and its people", Jonas added.

The NTSB and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are also looking into the performance of the company's Autopilot system in the March crash of a Tesla Model X on a California highway.

"This remains an active investigation and the South Jordan Police Department is now working with technicians from Tesla to gather and review data stored within the vehicle, which may take several days", police sergeant Samuel Winkler said in a statement published online this week. Waymo said on Sunday that Matthew Schwall had joined it from Tesla, where he was its main technical contact with U.S. safety investigators, and last week Tesla said senior vice president of engineering Doug Field was taking time off to recharge.

Though Tesla - and the self-driving vehicle industry - certainly has a red target on its back as of late, Musk is confident that advanced technology and more diligent work will improve his company's system.