Autopilot death: a spanner in the works for EV development?

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We’re sure you’ve heard by now, but if not, it’s emerged today that Tesla has disclosed information about one of its Model Ss being involved in a fatal crash in May of this year, which tragically resulted in the death of the driver.

With its cars seeming to know no bounds, and the glory firm’s tech promising to offer a faultless, second-to-none service that cannot be replicated anywhere else, this is understandably a giant blow to Tesla’s winning streak.

Just as we were beginning to re-wire our brains not to feel afraid from taking our hands off the wheel, the news has unsurprisingly re-ignited the fire of those who are still skeptical about the change. On Tesla’s blog post addressing the event, it’s stated that investigations into the accident have already started against them.

Clearly a very upsetting time for all involved, then, but what are the long-term effects? On its aforementioned blog post from earlier today, Tesla has cleverly and sympathetically attempted to cover its own back, citing statistics to prove that autonomous driving is still considerably safer than conventional driving. It also reminds us that this software is still in its beta stage and should never be 100% relied on, something which the driver has to agree to before activating the feature.

Jalopnik has also reported in the last hour that the driver of the truck which collided with the Tesla was heard saying that a Harry Potter film could be heard playing on the car’s big screen after the crash, drawing up a whole host of new questions as to what the driver was actually doing prior to the crash.

For now, we should take a moment to send our thoughts and prayers to the families of those involved, and let Tesla attempt to let this event cause as little impact as possible to what still promises to be a big part of everyone’s driving futures.