Mobileye says it cut ties with Tesla after failing to agree on "necessary changes in the relationship"

Mobileye says it cut ties with Tesla after failing to agree on "necessary changes in the relationship"

In a statement released on Friday, Mobileye – an Israel-based company which offers image-sensing technology – said that it severed its ties with US- based electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla Motors after failing to agree on "necessary changes in the relationship."

The statement by Mobileye further intensifies the breakup row between the company and its former partner Tesla. The statement was released by the Israeli company in response to Tesla’s Thursday accusations that the reason behind the breakup of the two companies was that Mobileye was trying to block Tesla’s internal efforts to develop vision capability for its vehicles.

Countering Tesla’s statement, Mobileye once again reiterated that the breakup, announced in July, was rooted in the changes which Tesla had apparently made to the way in which it was projecting and using its Autopilot driver-assistance system --- the technology which has been under scanner after a fatal Model S crash in Florida this May.

With Mobileye chairman Amnon Shashua already having said earlier that Tesla was “pushing the envelope “with its Autopilot system, Mobileye said on Friday that it had "expressed safety concerns regarding the use of Autopilot hands-free" to Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk.

Mobileye said: "Tesla's response to the May 7 crash, wherein the company shifted blame to the camera, and later corrected and shifted blame to the radar, indicated to Mobileye that Mobileye's relationship with Tesla could not continue."

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