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Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Tesla is facing heat from federal officials following another fatal accident involving Autopilot. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recently found that Tesla's semi-autonomous driving feature was partially to blame in a 2018 fatal car crash, adding yet another accident to the technology's already worrisome record. What's even more concerning is that Tesla doesn't appear too interested in addressing these concerns.

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NTSB chairman Robert Sumwalt pointed out that in 2017 his agency called on Tesla and five other carmakers to limit self-driving features and to build better technology to monitor drivers in semi-autonomous cars. Tesla is the only company that hasn't formally responded to those recommendations, though it did start warning drivers more quickly when they take their hands off the wheel.

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Rich peoples problems.

LOL!

#1 | Posted by Angrydad at 2020-02-26 08:38 PM | Reply

Virtue mobiles certainly don't need to be subsidized by taxpayers.

#2 | Posted by nullifidian at 2020-02-26 08:44 PM | Reply

@#2 ... Virtue mobiles certainly don't need to be subsidized by taxpayers. ...

Neither do the oil companies.

#3 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-02-27 09:42 AM | Reply

... the technology's already worrisome record. ...

It is not as much the technology involved as it is how Tesla seems to market it.

For starters, the name. Tesla calls it Autopilot. It is not an auto pilot, it is a driver assist. So from the very beginning, i.e., in the show room, Tesla seems to be misleading customers about what the technology can do.

#4 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-02-27 09:52 AM | Reply

Neither do the oil companies.

#3 | POSTED BY LAMPLIGHTER AT 2020-02-27 09:42 AM | FLAG:

Teslas are petroleum products. You don't want to see the price tag if all subsidies go away.

#5 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2020-02-27 10:44 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

and "oil companies" is so passe. It's "Energy Conglomerate". Even GazProm sells renewable energy.

#6 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2020-02-27 10:45 AM | Reply

Tesla seems to be misleading customers about what the technology can do.
#4 | POSTED BY LAMPLIGHTER AT 2020-02-27 09:52 AM | FLAG:

That is Tesla's forte. Musk was pumping 250,000 FSD Level 5 Autonomous Robo-Taxis.

Tesla's state filing for 2019 with Cali: 12.2 miles driven in Full Self Driving. Total. For all of their testing. That makes you really wonder about the Autonomy Day demonstrations where they took many members of the media on Full Self Driving rides.

#7 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2020-02-27 10:47 AM | Reply

On the flipside, the Porsche Taycan. Wow. 800 volt system, and the best engineered heat transfer system in any production vehicle ever made. Charge America or Electrify America, can't remember the name off hand, is a bigger charging network than Tesla, just lower on rapid chargers since they're not economical anytime soon.

#8 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2020-02-27 10:48 AM | Reply

@#6 ... and "oil companies" is so passe. It's "Energy Conglomerate" ...

Yeah, in hindsight I noted that to myself. Gotta stay up with the PC terminology nowadays....

Thanks for the mild nudge. :)

#9 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-02-27 11:04 AM | Reply

@#8 ... On the flipside, the Porsche Taycan. ...

Comparing Tesla to Porsche in the electric car realm is like comparing Ford to Porsche in the gas car realm.

#10 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-02-27 11:06 AM | Reply

@#5 ... You don't want to see the price tag if all subsidies go away. ...

Maybe we should see the price tags.

Government subsidies should be temporary things to, e.g., help jump start and industry.

They should not be something that continues to be in place for decades, even after the industry and its wealthy shareholders have made huge profits.

It is long overdue for the fossil-fuel-based industries to lose their taxpayer subsidies.

(sorry to the PC police, energy conglomerate is too broad for what I want to convey)


#11 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-02-27 11:11 AM | Reply

--It is long overdue for the fossil-fuel-based industries to lose their taxpayer subsidies.

I agree with in general, but can you specify what subsidies you are talking about.

#12 | Posted by nullifidian at 2020-02-27 11:21 AM | Reply

@#12 ... can you specify what subsidies you are talking about. ...

For starters...

U.S. Tax Subsidies to the Fossil Fuel Industry
www.eesi.org

#13 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-02-27 12:01 PM | Reply

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