Monday, 24 September, 2018

Elon Musk Says Tesla Model S Crash Media Coverage Is 'Messed Up'

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Scott Davis | 16 May, 2018, 14:02

Tesla disclosed with its Q1 report that it expected to have 10 days total of manufacturing shutdown during the current quarter, including the shutdown in April to address line bottlenecks.

Responding to a user who indicated that Tesla's autopilot function still needs safety tweaking, Musk stated: "It certainly needs to be better & we work to improve it every day, but ideal is enemy of good".

The company confirmed the contents of the email, which was first reported on by the Wall Street Journal. Tesla stock was trading down 3.5% Tuesday afternoon after a price-target reduction from Morgan Stanley, with a noticeable dip after the Reuters story hit about 2:45 p.m. It is not known whether the autopilot function of the Tesla auto was activated at the time.

As a reminder for drivers of semi-autonomous vehicles, it is the driver's responsibility to stayalert, drive safely, and be in control of the vehicle at all times.




According to the WSJ article, Musk and other Tesla executives chose not to add eye-tracking technology to Autopilot "because of costs" as well as due to concerns that the technology may not be effective or may infuriate some drivers by its frequent beeping sound. The family alleges the crash was the fault of Tesla's Autopilot feature.

"This is false", Musk wrote. "Approx 4X better than avg", Musk said. "Eyetracking rejected for being ineffective, not for cost". The woman also told police that she was looking at his phone before the collision and estimated the speed of the vehicle at about 60 miles per hour (97 km/h), which is consistent with the testimonies of eyewitnesses.

A Tesla spokesman said: "We are deeply saddened by this accident, and we are working to establish the facts of the incident and offer our full cooperation to local authorities". If Tesla's safety record applied globally, the company said it would result in 900,000 fewer vehicle fatalities every year and that those driving Teslas equipped with autopilot hardware "are 3.7 times less likely to be involved in a fatal accident".

The NTSB now has four investigations looking at incidents involving Tesla vehicles, though not all of them involve issues with the company's autopilot systems.

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