On September 5, two people were killed and six others injured when a driver drove a Tesla into several cars and pedestrians in Nando’s, Sichuan province. According to video from the scene, the accident was a Model X, the front of the car was badly damaged, airbags ejected, the owner does not appear to be injured. But many of the pedestrians who were hit fell to the side of the road, and other damaged vehicles were in a mess.
It was a tragic car accident, and because the driver was driving a Tesla, the media headlines with “female drivers” were pushed to the forefront, and in the comments section of the microblogging-related content, I was amazed by the wonders of women’s rights and the black wheels of cars.
On the same day, Tesla’s official Twitter account, Tesla Customer Support, said the vehicle had not malfunctioned and that Tesla would do its best to cooperate with the police investigation.
Subsequently, according to the Nanjin police notice, the perpetrators have been ruled out drink-driving, drug driving suspects, the cause of the accident is still under further investigation.
According to the Beijing Youth Daily, witnesses at the scene said that the vehicle in the narrow accident scene driving very fast, the car did not slow down, rushed at least tens of meters, hit the side of the road parked another car before stopping. And some netizens identified by video that the driver of the car was wearing high heels when he got out of the car.
Therefore, the comprehensive parties to the briefing and eyewitness description, the cause of the accident may be the driver’s improper operation, but the above is only speculation, the specific cause of the accident still need to wait for official investigation.
Don’t search don’t know, a search startled, Tesla’s accident is a little too many. In fact, the accident is not a special accident, according to sales, Volkswagen Toyota cars have only a lot of accidents than Tesla.
But helpless Tesla is the new force and the representative of self-driving, whether the cause of the accident is improper operation, or drink-driving, or is the real car itself out of control, as long as it happens, people can not help but think to autopilot, is not Tesla accelerated for no reason? Is there something wrong with autonomous driving again? Is the car’s control system hacked again? Then come the conclusion that smart cars are not safe.
And Tesla officials have not given an explanation for the accidents, only giving a very official “co-operation investigation” after the accident. Although it is the police’s responsibility to inform the owners of the accident, Tesla is also responsible for giving the owners a reasonable statement.
In this regard, Mercedes-Benz’s response is a good example, in 2018 “Benz fixed-speed cruise” event, Mercedes-Benz officially gave an official announcement. Of course, it made the announcement in order to clear the responsibility or give the owner a heart-stopping pill for the time being, at least to show Mercedes responsible attitude and professional ability.
At the same time, there are netizens and the media called, Tesla really should come out to express, so as not to cause people to panic about intelligent cars.
Therefore, regardless of the outcome of the accident, we hope that manufacturers and the media will be able to inform the public about the advantages, disadvantages and applicable scenarios of autonomous driving assistance. At high speeds, it’s a great helper for effort, but it can’t entrust everything to the machine. Current self-driving cars, whether advertising the L2 or L2.5 or even the L3, require drivers to keep an eye on the road and be ready to take over.
At the same time, also hope that every car owner can drive a twelve-point spirit, wearing high heels, slippers, thick shoes driving this behavior should definitely avoid, while driving to remain calm and focused, do not make throttle brake regardless of this behavior, a good traffic environment requires the efforts of each of us.
Finally, I hope that the injured in this accident will be safe and that the perpetrators will be punished as they should be, and that the police will find out the truth as soon as possible and seek justice for the injured and the deceased.