Concerns grow amid Tesla crash and burn

in LeoFinance3 months ago (edited)

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Driverless vehicles are the big fear of late, not so much in relation to the dangers they pose but for the economic impact they will have an automating driving jobs. But is the fear warranted?

The first sectors to be significantly impacted will be taxi's and freight trucks which transport people and good across countries. In Australia mining companies are already implementing the tech to transport minerals and mine related activity but no reports of failures or deaths have been announced.

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Recent reports have emerged from the US where a 2019 Tesla vehicle failed to navigate a bend sending the vehicle off road and into a tree killing the two people on board.

It has been reported that the vehicle had no one in the driver's seat when the accident occurred. It is believed the occupants sadly perished not when the vehicle crashed but when the Tesla battery malfunctioned in the wreckage and caught alight.

The fire was so intense that the fire department needed to call Tesla to know if they knew of anyways to extinguishe the flames.

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This comes off the back of a recent tweet by Tesla CEO Elon Musk that Tesla driver less cars are 10x safer than driver vehicles.

This maybe the case but the general public and investors will see the latest incident as a caution on the tech. The alarming part which is still pending a formal investigation is that it is believed the fire was the may cause of death. With no method of evaluating a crash or the ability for assistance the vehicle was reduced to a molten pile of steel and plastic.

While the tech is being pushed as ready and capable of changing the world it is still a good 10 years+ away from being fully operational. Crashes like this should not result in a fire that is unstoppable and requires added safety features to prevent such incidents.

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No doubt Tesla stocks will take a hit once trading reopens today in light of recent news and Tesla sales will also plummet.

I can't see many transport and logistics companies buying into such tech in any hurry in Australia or specifically Victoria we have industrial manslaughter laws. Had an accident such like this occured to a worker behind the wheel of a Tesla Elon Musk would find himself before a court on Manslaughter charges.

My personal view has always remaind the same on such matters, I do not believe the tech is at a level that can be safely and with confidence rolled out to the general public and still requires further investigation and development.

At best driverless tech is at a standard for robots in supermarkets that clean floors. A sad development costing workers their jobs but I would hope companies do the right thing and invest in Australian manufacturing or the country in which they operate.

I send my condolences to the families impacted by this tragic incident. May they rest in peace.



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The fact that batteries burn is as disconcerting as the fact that a driverless car crashed.

Electric vehicles were supposed to end the hazards associated with gas vehicles. But anything that contains enough energy to move a car is likely to release the energy in a crash.

Yes this is a great concern, Imagine a truck. It would become an runaway blazing inferno.

It's concerning.

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Gas powered vehicles catch fire.

The thing that is scary about batteries is that the cars have software and electronic sensors that regulate the batteries. A bug in the software could cause a battery to catch fire. Bug free software doesn't exist.

Hackers are continuously trying to do malicious things to my web server. I often hear stories of hacked web sites. I worry appear about hacking attacks on ev software and the dangers of hacked cars.

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That does sound pretty scary, I hope that doesn't eventuate it would be an easy way to assassinate someone especially with all the inbuilt internet and WiFi in cars these days

Here is a story that says that Tesla changed the battery settings over the air. The article emphasizes that this change was motivated by an abundance of caution.

Tesla claims that batteries are safer than gas; however the very fact that Tesla changed the battery configuration over the air shows that the battery configuration can be changed remotely.

Unfortunately, the problem isn't just restricted to EVs. Most new cars have complex software which can be updated. Is a battery controlled by hacked software anymore dangerous than a fuel injector controlled by hacked software?

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Nothing is perfect. There will always be a rate of error for machines so I doubt it will ever stop all accidents. But it will lower the chances to something like 1 in a trillion or etc because a car has so many parts and a part is bound to fail or the check failed.

I think this is likely a way to affect the price of Tesla before their earnings report.

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I think it will impact the price, there are currently 23 crashed under investigation and the causes yet to be identified.

In this specific case speed was an issue so with all things caution needs to be had and speed is still a risk of any vehicle

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Yes but technically self-driving is still kind of in beta. It was expected to have issues and it was also collecting a massive amount of data to fix this in the future. I think any other automaker who has any type of self-driving feature knows it isn't ready yet and accidents will occur.

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I thought someone had to still be in the driver's seat and hands on steering wheel most of the time in these Tesla car's.

Not sure, that might be the case and if so this is the reason why. You can't 100% prevent people from doing the wrong thing if that is the case.

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yeah if thats the case with driveless vehicles they NEED to be worked on in not months but years working with patience

They serve a purpose and would be great in some instances, I think speed played a major role in this accident which is of concern still. The car should have slowed

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exactly so it shows that with cars and AI is something that needs improvement

Yup, gps maps should have been able to inform the car of the bend and should have an override for speed built into it where the car doesn't allow the driver to take it fast while in autopilot. Safety should always be a priority for the tech.

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