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.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.
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.