Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk told Dow Jones today that the company has no plans to disable the Autopilot feature on its vehicles. The news comes as multiple Tesla crashes have been reported with the semi-autonomous feature enabled at the time of the incident.
According to the report, Musk defended the Autopilot feature as a “lifesaving technology” and that Tesla will “redouble its efforts to educate customers” regarding its functionality.
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration opened an investigation into Tesla after news of a May 7th fatal crash involving a Model S with Autopilot engage. While the investigation is ongoing, the federal agency today released a set of questions it has for Tesla to answer surrounding the Autopilot feature.
News also broke yesterday that the Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating whether or not Tesla violated securities law by not disclosing the incident to investors. Tesla states as recently as today that it has not heard from the SEC regarding the matter.