This July, Tesla and Elon Musk are on A Bumpy Ride!

Model S and Elon Musk

It looks like ever since the successful opening months of the Tesla Model 3 came to an end, Tesla Motors have found it hard to get back on track. Following multiple claims made by its customers about their cars crashing while on Autopilot, Tesla received a final wake-up call when first casualty involving Tesla’s Autopilot feature was confirmed, the crash is also a first for an autonomous vehicle, making this matter ever so important.

Tesla Autopilot Trailer Crash

Photo of the crashed Model S

Well, Tesla’s problems did not end here, following the confirmation of a fatal crash involving Autopilot, an article from a reputable Western Magazine, reported that the accident took place two months before its public announcement and that it was kept as a secret, just to sell $2 billion worth of stock. The late report of the Model S crash did financially yield in well for Tesla as they evaded a $10 loss per share by making a later press release.

Tesla decline Share

Tesla’s Share Before and After the Fatal Crash

However, it sparked widespread criticism from the public who deemed this decision as “selfish” on Tesla’s part.

In an email exchange between Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk and the Western Magazine, Musk said;

“Indeed, if anyone bothered to do the math, they would realize that of the over 1M auto deaths per year worldwide, approximately half a million people would have been saved if the Tesla autopilot was universally available,”

While further adding,

“Please, take five mins and do the bloody math before you write an article that misleads the public.”

To defend the “material” allegations made by the media and public, Tesla and Elon Musk both have expressed that they informed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) as soon as they learnt about the crash. NHTSA has since been investigating the matter. However, to make things worse for Tesla, Albert Scaglione, one of the most successful art dealer on the planet, reported that his Tesla Model X had a rollover crash with Autopilot engaged. Just a day after NHTSA announced the deadly crash of Joshua Brown’s Model S. As far as Albert’s accident is concerned, he along with his family mercifully escaped without any injuries. Just like with past crashes with Joshua Brown’s fatal accident being an exception, Tesla refused to take responsibility for the accident by saying in a statement that “Autopilot had nothing to do with this accident.”

Read more: A Driver Killed While His Tesla Was on Autopilot!

In a nutshell, Joshua Brown’s death and Tesla’s acceptance of the crash sparks a lot of debate on whether or not self-driving cars are ready for public use.  

However on the brighter side when you see that it is the first fatal crash in 130 million Autopilot miles, the increased safety of the passenger also looks certain.

What is your opinion on this matter? Let us know in the comments section below!

Adan Ali

Adan is a Tribe Leader at Drive Tribe, who writes to share his passion for cars, culture and gadgetry through words. So far his writings and contributions have been able to make their way to media outlets like PakWheels and Dawn. Reach out to him by tweeting @adanali12

  • Guest

    Transportation is dangerous, be it driverful or driverless.

    And people are going to die one way or the other.

    How the company handles the matter is difference between humanity and inhumanity. They could have been open about the failure of autopilot when it happened, the same way they were open about the successes, and the same way they were open to defend themselves when people laid false accusations on them when the car crashed but autopilot was off.

  • Zulfiqar Ali Soomro

    i think Tesla has urged repeatedly to drivers to not be totally careless while the car is on Autopilot. Despite that people are stupid

  • peter

    awareness is required for use of auto pilot feature. it is an add on feature rather than a complete control of your car and it will take time for this technology to mature enough.

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