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Key Tesla executive joins self-driving car rival Waymo

IANS  |  San Francisco 

Electric Tesla's key has quit the company to join rival owned by Google's parent company Alphabet, the media reported.

Schwall, "who was the company's main technical contact with US safety investigators, has left for rival LLC, according to people familiar the decision", reported on Sunday.

This comes at a time when the is grappling with multiple crash investigations, including a "Model X" crash that put it at odds with the US over its disclosures.

Schwall, who had been the at Tesla, exited the company amid the NTSB probe into multiple crashes involving the electric vehicles, the report added.

Schwall's exit reportedly coincides with the company's announcement that -- Tesla's -- was taking a leave.

Despite the timing, Schwall's exit is not believed to be tied to Autopilot issues the electric is reportedly facing, according to Engadget.

The key executive's departure could, however, complicate the situation and may now have to reestablish some of its links with safety officials.

"It is also a symbolic blow for a company that prides itself on being a self-driving pioneer," the report added.



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First Published: Mon, May 14 2018. 12:18 IST