When bad news about Tesla come out, it usually falls into two main categories:
1. Elon Musk tweets some weird, inaccurate or unconfirmed information which infuriates SEC.
2. A Tesla vehicle is involved in a car accident.
The latter variant is of course much much worse, but, unfortunately, today it is exactly the topic that we will talk about.
The US National Transportation Safety Board together with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is currently investigating a horrible accident that happened on March 1 in the state of Florida.
It has not yet been established whether the vehicle was moving on an Autopilot mode or not, but the law enforcement agencies state that it is quite a possibility.
Although hundreds of car crashes happen all over the world, and the percentage of them involving Tesla vehicles is really small, the most disturbing thing is that most of Tesla crashes happen when the car is moving on Autopilot, and the driver basically has no control over the car.
Certainly, the driver can switch off the Autopilot anytime, but in case of an accident it is a matter of seconds, and most of the time the crash victims wouldn’t possibly have any time to get the control over the car back.
The scary thing is that Tesla claims that their Autopilot cars are perfectly safe. This is the tweet of Elon Musk, published at the beginning of the year.
Tesla *with* Autopilot engaged is twice as safe & continues to make steady improvements https://t.co/8dhVPUDeh0
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 10, 2019
However, Elon Musk is famous for posting stuff about Tesla, which is later on considered inaccurate. Moreover, all the statistical data provided by the company is comprised by themselves, not an outside organization.
This all leaves us with a big pressing questions: are Tesla cars actually as safe as their manufacturers claim them to be?
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