Mobileye and Tesla parted ways following the fatal Model S crash in Florida that put the carmaker's Autopilot feature in hot water. The exchange of words started after that -- Musk's company once said that its ex-partner couldn't keep up with its rate of innovation.
Besides revealing that Mobileye tried to dissuade Tesla from developing its own chips, the spokesperson also said that the other company started talking about safety concerns only after the EV manufacturer refused to give in:
"When Tesla refused to cancel its own vision development activities and plans for deployment, Mobileye discontinued hardware support for future platforms and released public statements implying that this discontinuance was motivated by safety concerns."
Update: You knew that MobilEye wasn't just going to take Tesla's words lying down, and has already published a rebuttal. In essence, MobilEye feels that Tesla took dangerous liberties with Autopilot, ignored its partner's warnings about safety and then wound up getting thrown under the bus after the Florida crash. MobilEye will no longer comment on this matter, but it's clear that whatever pretense of goodwill the two companies were going to uphold is no longer in effect.