Senior Tesla Executive Leaves Tesla Inc. To Join Alphabet Inc.’s Waymo

Posted: May 15 2018, 5:31am CDT | by , in News | Cars & Vehicles

Senior Tesla Executive leaves Tesla Inc. to join Alphabet Inc.’s Waymo

Tesla Executive joins its Rival Company.

Matthew Schwall, who has been working with Tesla Inc. for last four years has quit his job. He was Tesla’s main technical contact with U.S. Safety Investigators. Something seems to be not right at Tesla; this makes it a second case in the recent past when a senior executive has left the company.

Earlier on Friday, Tesla had made a statement that their Engineering Chief, Doug Field, was going on leave.

Matthew Schwall was director of field performance engineering at Tesla; he quit his job at a critical time when U. S. National Transportation Safety Board’s investigations into their electric vehicles are still going on.

After quitting his job from Tesla Inc., Mr. Schwall joined their rival company Waymo Inc last Monday. According to Wall Street Journal, he has joined Waymo’s safety team that is headed by Ron Medford. Earlier, Ron Medford was Deputy Administrator at National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

According to sources, Mr. Schwall decision to quit his job is not related to N.T.S.B.’s investigations regarding Tesla’s Autopilot System. When contacted Tesla did not respond to the situation.

NTSB and the NHTSA are the regulatory bodies of the auto industry who investigate accidents and find probable causes. Based on their finding, they make recommendations to different policy makers.

According to recent N.T.S.B. statement, they were not happy with Tesla after they had disclosed some information regarding an accident of a Tesla electric vehicle.

According to N.T.S.B. by releasing detailed information about the crash, Tesla Inc. has violated a formal agreement.

On Sunday, the N.T.S.B. said it needs Tesla to decode the data recorded by the vehicle. “In each of our past investigations involving a Tesla vehicle, Tesla has been extremely cooperative on assisting with the vehicle data,” an agency spokesman said. “However, the NTSB is unhappy with the release of investigative information by Tesla.”

Tesla had recently disclosed information about a crash to the public, the crash involved one of Tesla’s Model X Sport semiautonomous vehicle; a person was killed when the vehicle collided with a road barrier.

According to Tesla, it was the fault of the driver that caused the accident; the car’s autopilot system was engaged only six seconds before the accident.

“We’ve been doing a thorough search of our service records, and we cannot find anything suggesting that the customer ever complained to Tesla about the performance of Autopilot,” Tesla said in a statement. “There was a concern raised once about navigation not working correctly, but Autopilot’s performance is unrelated to navigation.”

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