Another Disastrous Tesla Crash Proves Autopilot Software Should Be Banned, Crypto Coins News

Another Disastrous Tesla Crash Proves Autopilot Software Should Be Banned, Crypto Coins News

  • A Tesla Model 3 was involved in a crash where the autopilot software was reportedly engaged.
  • Elon Musk has made several deceptive claims about autopilot’s safety in the past.
  • Multiple cases of predictable abuse and deceptive advertising suggest the technology is not fit to be on US roads.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)said on Friday that it will investigatethe Dec. 7 crash of a Tesla Model 3. The crash was likely tied to the vehicle’s autopilot software. This is the twelfth autopilot-related Tesla crash that the agency will be investigating.

Autopilot has been engaged in at least three fatal crashes in the U.S. since 2020, casting serious doubt over the safety claims of the feature. Tesla autopilot hasalready been limited in Europeand there are good reasons why it should be recalled in the U.S. as well.

********** Tesla’s Safety Claims are Just Not True **** Elon Musk has lambasted the critics of Tesla’s autopilot several times. During Tesla’s first quarter earnings call in (****************************************************************, Musk laid into the media’s coverageof Tesla’s autopilot and said,

It’s really incredibly irresponsible of any journalists with integrity to write an article that would lead people to believe that autonomy is less safe. Because people might actually turn it off, and then die.

Then later in October,Musk continued his attackon the critics and said,

If, in writing some article that’s negative, you effectively dissuade people from using an autonomous vehicle , you’re killing people.

Musk’s autopilot claims have always been bold. The Tesla CEO, along with other company spokespersons, have repeatedly claimed that autopilot makes the cars safer%.

Musk tweeted out a bold claim about Tesla’s autopilot. | Source:Twitter

**************however ,several subsequent reportsdebunked Musk. Consumer Reports evensaid that the feature is“far less Competent that a human driver. ”In fact, even the NHTSA said there’s no clear evidence for how safe the autopilot feature actually is.

Tesla has a long history of over-promising and under-delivering. While Tesla claims itwill have a million robo-taxis on the road by 2020, the company hasn’t even perfect the much-simpler ‘summon’ feature. There are many of incidents of it malfunctioning.

The increasing frequency of autopilot malfunctions clearly suggests that the technology is not yet good enough to be “beta-tested “On US customers.

Autopilot in the Crosshair of US Senator

US Senator from Massachusetts, Ed Markey, has his sight set on Tesla autopilot. In late November, Sen. Markeycalled for autopilot to be disabledbecause some drivers were falling asleep behind the wheel while autopilot was engaged. Sen. Markey took to Twitter earlier this week and yet again criticized the software.


Massachusetts Senator wants autopilot banned. | Source:

Tesla cultists have defended the company by claiming that it has never encouraged drivers to take attention off the road. Tesla repeatedly emphasizes that the drivers should keep their hands on the steering wheel at all times. At first glance, the defense seems reasonable, until one actually does research.

In a notice published in 2016, the NHTSA had this to say about “predictable abuse”:

Predictable abuse can be considered a safety defect. | Source:

Since the launch of the autopilot, there have been many cases of predictable abuse,as evident from the videos below.

These cases seem to be inspired by Elon Musk himself who, on several occasions, has taken his hands off the steering wheel when autopilot was engaged.

Twitter user @BloodsportCap argues that unfair practices in advertising and marketing of the autopilot have deceived consumers into believing that it is safer than it actually is.

Considering all evidence of predictable abuse, it’s clear that the autopilot should either be banned or heavily restricted. We live in a world where Boeing was (allowed to operate) ******** (the MAX) ***************************************************************** airliners despite its defects. So the chances of a Tesla autopilot recall are very slim.

This article was edited bySam Bourgi

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