While the system has been heavily scrutinized following the fatal crash, CEO Elon Musk said Tesla has no intention to disable it from its models.
There has not been one day without news in the media covering Tesla’s Autopilot system since it has found out that a driver of a Model S crashed into a semi-truck and tragically died. The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating the fatal accident, and so is the National Transportation Safety Board and, most recent, the US Securities and Exchange Commission has opened a probe as well, on whether the automaker breached securities laws by not disclosing the crash to investors. Despite the scrutiny, CEO Elon Musk has fiercely defended the semi-autonomous technology. In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, he said the Autopilot would stick on Tesla’s cars and the company would step up its efforts to educate owners on how the system worked and on how to properly use it. “A lot of people don’t understand what it is and how you turn it on,” told the Journal.
Tesla pointed out the Autopilot is still a beta and was and designed to be off by default until the driver activates it. “It says beta specifically so people do not become complacent,” Musk said. Despite being under constant development and improvement, the company defended the tech by noting the May 7 fatality was the first one in just over 130 million miles during which the Autopilot was activated and among all vehicles in the US, there is a deadly crash every 94 million miles.