Man. I need to get a Tesla. I’ve been watching the company’s activities and recently they announced:
New Tesla Model S Now the Quickest Production Car in the World
The Model S P100D with Ludicrous mode is the third fastest accelerating production car ever produced, with a 0-60 mph time of 2.5* seconds.
All that talk about autopilot safety is BS.
The Tesla autopilot software, as flawed as it still might be early in its inception, remains WAY safer vs. human drivers.
1.Tesla are super safe to begin with:
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has awarded the Tesla Model S a 5-star safety rating, not just overall, but in every subcategory without exception. Approximately one percent of all cars tested by the federal government achieve 5 stars across the board. NHTSA does not publish a star rating above 5, however safety levels better than 5 stars are captured in the overall Vehicle Safety Score (VSS) provided to manufacturers, where the Model S achieved a new combined record of 5.4 stars.
2.Tesla’s record of autopilot vs. normal drivers:
Self-driving cars are doing better, statistically speaking, than human drivers. Tesla says autopilot was used for 130 million miles worth of driving before it’s first fatal crash. Human-driven cars in the U.S. have 1.08 fatal crashes for every 100 million miles.
3. Even those who died using it, are still fans!
What more could you ask for? Even people who die due to autopilot issues are still fans!
The man who died in the first ever accident caused by autopilot would agree.
Joshua D. Brown of Canton, Ohio, the 40-year-old owner of a technology company, was killed May 7 in Williston, Florida, when his car’s cameras failed to distinguish the white side of a turning tractor-trailer from a brightly lit sky and didn’t automatically activate its brakes, according to statements by the government and the automaker. Read more at: http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/business/tesla-autopilot-crash-1.3661576
The deceased man’s family went on record to note his “passion for technological advancement” and the family hopes “information learned from this tragedy will trigger further innovation which enhances the safety of everyone on the roadways.”
The driver was a friend to Tesla and the broader EV (electric vehicle) community, a person who spent his life focused on innovation and the promise of technology and who believed strongly in Tesla’s mission.” It stressed the uncertainty about its new system, saying drivers must manually enable it: “Autopilot is getting better all the time, but it is not perfect and still requires the driver to remain alert.”
My belief is that there is no way to compete with a robot driver.
Nobody can stay 100% aware after hours and hours on the road.
A computer never sleeps and is 100% aware of what’s around.
No blind spots. No poor decision-making or slow reaction times.
This will save lives or so says Tesla: http://gizmodo.com/elon-musk-claims-teslas-autopilot-decreases-crashing-by-1772802835
I believe them.