Published By : 30 May 2018 | Published By : QYRESEARCH
Elon Musk, the maverick techno investor known for founding the electric car manufacturing company Tesla, has been on tenterhooks this year thanks to the numerous fire incidents and crashes the vehicles have been involved in.
The most recent one is the crashing of the Model S into a parked yet unoccupied police vehicle in Laguna Beach in California. The driver of the vehicle, who received minor injuries, said that his car was in an autopilot mode. However, the front end of the Tesla car which crashed into the police vehicle was severely damaged along with the rear side of the latter.
Tesla States Autopilot not Cent Percent Safe
This came as a jolt to Tesla Company, whose founder has always vouched for his vehicles’ safety. And as per him, the autopilot is a semi-autonomous technology which is akin to a sophisticated cruise control.
In a statement issued after the mishap, the company announced however that the autopilot does not always thwart every form of accident. It also couldn’t immediately confirm if the driver’s claim that the vehicle was in an autopilot mode.
Sometime back, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced it was dispatching a team to examine the crash of a Tesla car in South Jordan which is situated in the state of Utah. The speed at which the vehicle was travelling was 97 kilometer per hour when it rammed into a fire truck standing at a signal.
Owner’s manual for Model S for Tesla states that the Autopilot is incapable of uncovering all objects and may not decelerate or brake, particularly when moving at speeds greater than 80 kilometer per hour, for stationary vehicles or objects.