As soon as there is an accident involving the Tesla autopilot, the press is thrown on it and that makes Elon Musk’s company look shady. To reassure owners and future buyers, the CEO of Tesla will regularly publish data on the safety of the autopilot of his cars.
Elon Musk and the press is not always a love story. But the CEO of Tesla has not said his last word and intends to prove that his cars bring more safety on the roads.
Deny rumors and reassure on security
Elon Musk is very proud of his autopilot; he explains that there is no question about the safety of his autopilot device. For the CEO of Tesla, it is clear that the autopilot protects the roads more than a normal driver. ” The statistics are unequivocal, the autopilot improves safety, ” he said. Publishing the statistics on the safety and performance of the autopilot will make it possible to deny comments about certain articles and bad presses. And above all, to inform the public of the ” level of safety of the autopilotSaid Elon Musk. As with the case in March 2018, with the fatal accident of a driver of a Tesla X in California, who killed himself driving his car while the assistant to the driver was activated.
The number of accidents is small and in no way comparable to the number of road deaths and injuries with normal cars. And Musk explains that it is actually difficult to know exactly how much safety has improved and to assess the safety of drivers with Tesla’s autopilot. But the company and the billionaire often use a number to confirm their comments on the safety of the autopilot: 40%. That would be the percentage of the accident rate in less with the autopilot. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on the death of Joshua Brown in 2016, the first victim of a fatal accident involving an autonomous car.
Increase Tesla production
But these adventures with the press will not stop the firm of Elon Musk, since he wants to be able to market fully autonomous cars, with the launch of an autonomous fleet by the end of 2019. On the side of the sales of his Model 3, Tesla is doing well since the total number of orders is over 450,000. To increase the production of this car, Tesla will add another shift and push production 24 hours a day, to produce 6,000 Model 3 per week mid-way through 2018.
But for now, Tesla starts the year 2018 with several records. More revenue was generated than in previous years, with 3.4 billion dollars. But they also spent more cash than ever in one quarter, resulting in a loss of $ 785 million. And Tesla posted a result down to $ 2.7 billion. Another record was beaten by the manufacturer: the number of cars produced in the first quarter, including the Model 3 which is manufactured at a rate of 2,200 per week.