According to emerging reports, a man from Missouri has said that his Tesla Motors Inc electric vehicle saved his life by driving him to a hospital. Joshua Neally, a lawyer from Springfield, Missouri, was taken to hospital by his Tesla Model X EV while it was in Autopilot mode. There have been a number of incidents/crashes involving Tesla’s Autopilot system, raising questions over its safety.
Tesla Motors Inc (TSLA) Florida Autopilot Crash
In May 2016, a Model S crashed while it was in Autopilot mode in the state of Florida, resulting in the death of the driver. The driver has since been named as Joshua Brown. A recently published preliminary report found that his car was speeding (travelling at 74 MPH in a 65 MPH zone) when the crash occurred.
Despite the incidents, Tesla Motors Inc’s EVs (while driving in Autopilot) have had less crashes per mile than cars being driven entirely by humans. CEO of Tesla, Elon Musk, has insisted that the system is safe, and he has said that drivers need more education on how to use it properly. The car maker has specifically pointed out that drivers should have their hands on the steering wheel at all times.
Further Details: Tesla Motors Inc Model X Saves Driver
An article published on CNBC on the 05/08/2016 provides more info on how the Model X saved the driver. It reads “Neally told online magazine Slate that Autopilot drove him 20 miles down a freeway to a hospital, while Neally suffered a potentially fatal blood vessel blockage in his lung, known as a pulmonary embolism. The hospital was right off the freeway exit, and Neally was able to steer the car the last few meters and check himself into the emergency room.”
As the NASDAQ closed on the 05/08/2016, a share in Tesla Motors Inc had lost 0.25% of its value ($0.58) on the day, trading at $230.03. The firm currently has a market cap of $34.27 billion.