In May, one man lost his life driving Tesla Model S. Autopilot option was turned on at the moment of the accident. Journalists are blaming an autopilot option, the autopilot option is directly connected to the technology advancement, the technology advancement is connected to the company’s shares and company’s shares are connected to the development of their products, the green energy products. On the other hand, green energy is not so popular in the industry. Why?
After the May 7th accident, there were a couple of other crashes, luckily without any casualties. There were some broken windows, fences, doors, mirrors and other cars. The only victims of those crashes were the wallets of the drivers. Those drivers bought Tesla Model S and Model X, some out of curiosity, others out of their love towards EVs and the rest of them… well because “why not?”. The sad thing is that those drivers or owners tried to blame the Tesla Motors for their accidents. To be precise, there were three accidents in the last two weeks, in which drivers tried to get a “Jail Free” card. Neither of them told the truth. Their sincerity came to question after Tesla Motors had reviewed their Model X’s logs.
One Model X owner hit the “gas” pedal while trying to stop on the parking place, thus continued to the building wall. He claimed that the car autonomously crashed. Logs say that the accelerator pedal was pressed manually prior to the accident.
The other Model X driver successfully rolled the unrollable car by hitting the guard rail. The accident happened on the Pennsylvania Turnpike on July the 1şt. The driver claimed that the autopilot option was activated. Cars rolling and tumbling in accidents are not rare, but rolling over the car so heavy is very hard. You need to travel very fast in order to do that, and logs in Tesla Motors show that the driver hit the accelerator pedal to 100% just before the accident.
The third tried to drive a car on autopilot, with sensors, on a road without a central divider. That one happened on July the 10th. The driver claimed that autopilot suddenly changed the trajectory, turned off the road, causing the car to hit the guard rail and completely destroy the right side of the car. Autopilot is not autonomous driving. You need to look the road. Every time there is a flaw in lane markers, the autopilot will disengage…
I will try to be gentle on this one.
To make some things straight. I am writing to you now. Yes, you. You live in a world of hunger and thirst in one part and food waste and water pollution in the other part of the world. You are lucky enough to afford one of the most expensive vehicles on the planet. When you buy it, a company that produces those vehicles gives you the fuel (charging capabilities) for free and it develops your vehicle through days, months and years via updates for free. You practically began to live in a futuristic world, the day you bought that vehicle.
One day, your car says:”Listen bub, I have just been updated to an Autopilot Beta Stage. From now on, I can assist you in driving. Have a nice day”. You go crazy, start telling your friends and it is a good life.
Summer 2016. You wake up cheerfully singing, said hello to your family and asked your car to get out of the garage by itself and to wait for you in front of your door. Then you had breakfast and brushed your teeth. In the meantime, your car opened the garage doors, slowly checked its surroundings and compliantly went to your door and waited for you to come outside. You drove in that same car, looked at all the pretty things around you, and just as you reached to your bags on the back seat, some strange wall appeared in front of you out of nowhere, and you crashed. Immediately, you remembered that you can blame the “autopilot” option and get around the insurance stuff.
In spite that you can harm the company that was so good for you, that you have the best possible car that anyone can afford, you lie and blame the pioneer manufacturer that had brought to you all that futuristic things you have.
“Shame, shame, shame.”
Actually, that is just the tip of the iceberg. In the depth of the cold ocean beneath you, you can find the monsters that can actually harm that same company. You are the one that anyone can see, you are the instigator.
Others that support your actions are not seen by many.
The World in which we live in is built around fossil fuels. Whether we want to acknowledge or not, wars have been fought because of it. We travel on the wings of oil, we farm our lands on the hoofs soaked into oil and we distribute our food in chariots that go on oil. Oil has become the strongest power one country has. If you control oil, you control the power.
People that control oil roads.
Humans, animals, and plants live on this planet. Only a dozen of people control all of them. How did they get all that power? Well, by trading oil. They are at the beginning of this chain, and if they didn’t do that, somebody else would.
That monster is the biggest pillar of them all. When we talk about saving the world – About the global warming, pollution and the need to change everything to green energy. We never mention them. THEY do not hold the power – they are the power.
Who are they? Every single machine that goes on oil has to be made in parts. Generations of men have been thought how to make those machines and how to implement them in transport, production, construction, water purification and many other parts of the industry. There are different parts of industry interconnected with the production of those machines. If you change that technology “in a day”, all those generations of men and women are going to be thrown into the streets, without their jobs and ways to provide for their families. Thus, by saving the planet you create chaos.
These are the main reasons why so many people are trying to stop the advancements in EV technology. Some car manufacturers even tried to sell diesel as “pure” fuel and lied about the fuel economy of their cars. Now they have to pay billions to their customers and clean the stains out of their names.
EVs are very young technology
Before Tesla Motors gave the world the beautiful Roadster, everyone claimed that EVs can only go for 30 miles on their batteries and that, it was impossible to make a fast EV car. Now, EVs go from 0-60 in 2.3 seconds and can stay on the road 300 miles for an hour of charging. As the final sign of good will, Tesla Motors gave its technology to anyone who wants it. Car manufacturers will slowly go from internal combustion engines to electrical engines. That is a fact.
Journalists are going to continue doing their jobs, and report about anything, politicians are going to continue worrying about their seats and industry is going to advance.
So, understand this world, and take responsibility for your actions. In the end, there is no such thing as a perfect machine. Machines always break!
We always have to intervene because we are drivers and drivers always keep their hands on the steering wheel and eyes on the road. Drive safe.