Tesla Crash Still Being Figured Out

The reasons behind the recent crash of one of Tesla’s Model X crossover’s, in which the driver was killed, is as of yet unknown and the company says it will need to see the vehicle tech logs to see what actually happened.

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This is another blow to the company as it deals with more production delays and material sourcing issues along with the pent up consumer frustration of not being able to get their hands on the cars that they put a deposit on years ago. The company is working with police and other authorities to try and get the log box from the crash vehicle back so that it can see if the auto pilot mode was engaged or not. This is particularly crucial for the company to know as its auto pilot safety system is going to be at the core of Tesla’s foray into the autonomous driving sector and if the system was engaged and did not prevent the crash it could prove disastrous for the future of the autonomous driving program. This is an especially sensitive time for the self driving industry as it tries to rebound from the tragic events that occurred in Phoenix Arizona where a pedestrian was struck and killed by an Uber autonomous driving vehicle.

Tesla Charging Stations

Tesla did note that the Model X has been driven on this same stretch of highway for a period of time noting that over the auto pilot has been engaged on this stretch of highway over 85,000 times without any reports of any accidents. One of the safety features that the company has built into all of its models is trigger in its batter pack that reduces the velocity at which the materials within the battery are discharged in an accident so as to allow crash victims to exit the vehicle before fire can engulf the car and authorities noted that fire was not an issue in this case.

The impact is also being felt financially as the company’s stock has taken a hit, and will probably continue to do so until they can get clear of this, but that’s probably not going to happen anytime soon.