Elon Musk took to Twitter to express his frustration after a Tesla car accident was blown out of proportion. The Tesla Model S hit into a parked firetruck while the car was on autopilot. The car was traveling at 60 mph and the driver admitted to using her cell phone while it happened.
Although the driver only sustained minor injuries, Tesla made headlines, forcing Elon Musk to take defense on Twitter.
He expressed his frustration in a tweet, saying that the issue was not as massive as the media portrayed it. The accident was only an anomaly but mainstream media gave it more attention than needed, somehow making it seem like a design flaw. He said the story did not deserve front page coverage.
The driver, 28-year-old Leh, was interviewed by the South Jordan Police Department. She admitted to be looking at her phone right before the collision took place. Tesla’s autopilot indicates that a driver has to be attentive at all times. According to the police, witnesses repored that the driver did not hit the brakes or take any action to avoid the accident. She was moved to the hospital for her ankle injury.
Elon Musk said in his tweet that 40,000 people died in car accidents last year, but no coverage was given in that regard, while the autonomous vehicle accident has received undue attention where the car or the company had nothing to do with the accident; it was entirely the driver’s fault.
He was unhappy with the angle that was portrayed in the media, and that the positive aspects highlighted in the accident were completely ignored. No one pointed out that the car was traveling at 60 mph, which could otherwise have resulted in a severe injury or even death. In fact, the driver only sustained ankle injury, which reflects the ingenuity behind the car’s design.