We learned yesterday evening that NHTSA is opening a preliminary evaluation into the performance of Autopilot during a recent fatal crash that occurred in a Model S. This is the first known fatality in just over 130 million miles where Autopilot was activated. Among all vehicles in the US, there is a fatality every 94 million miles. Worldwide, there is a fatality approximately every 60 million miles. It is important to emphasize that the NHTSA action is simply a preliminary evaluation to determine whether the system worked according to expectations.
Tesla’s mission has always been tied to sustainability. We seek to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable transportation by offering increasingly affordable electric vehicles. And in March 2015, we launched Tesla Energy, which through the Powerwall and Powerpack allow homeowners, business owners and utilities to benefit from renewable energy storage.
It’s now time to complete the picture. Tesla customers can drive clean cars and they can use our battery packs to help consume energy more efficiently, but they still need access to the most sustainable energy source that’s available: the sun.
A few things need to be cleared up about the supposed safety of Model S suspensions:
First, there is no safety defect with the suspensions in either the Model S or Model X. Since we own all of our service centers, we are aware of every incident that happens with our customer cars and we are aware of every part that gets replaced. Whenever there is even a potential issue with one of those parts, we investigate fully. This, combined with extensive durability testing, gives us high confidence in our suspensions. With respect to the car that is discussed in the blog post that led to yesterday’s news (more on the blog post below), the suspension ball joint experienced very abnormal rust. We haven’t seen this on any other car, suggesting a very unusual use case. The car had over 70,000 miles on it and its owner lives down such a long dirt road that it required two tow trucks to retrieve the car. (One to get the car to the highway and one to get it from the highway to the service center.) When we got the car, it was caked in dirt.
At Tesla, we aspire to operate on the principles of hard work and exceptional performance, but always tempered by fairness, justice and kindness. There are times when mistakes are made, but those are the standards to which we hold ourselves. With respect to the person at the center of this weekend’s article in the Mercury News, those standards were not met. We are taking action to address this individual's situation and to put in place additional oversight to ensure that our workplace rules are followed even by sub-subcontractors to prevent such a thing from happening again.
Luftverschmutzung hat einen signifikanten und durchdringenden Effekt auf die öffentliche Gesundheit. Laut der Weltgesundheitsorganisation WHO wird sie aktuell als „grösster Umweltfaktor in Bezug auf menschliche Krankheitsfälle“ angesehen. Über drei Millionen Menschen sterben jährlich an den Folgen von Umweltverschmutzung – das sind mehr als doppelt so viele wie Zahl der Todesopfer durch Verkehrsunfälle.
A week ago, we started taking reservations for Model 3, and the excitement has been incredible. We’ve now received more than 325,000 reservations, which corresponds to about $14 billion in implied future sales, making this the single biggest one-week launch of any product ever. This interest has spread completely organically. Unlike other major product launches, we haven’t advertised or paid for any endorsements.
Along with the excitement and anticipation for Model 3, we know everyone has a few questions. Here are the details so that you know what to expect both on March 31st when reservations open and in the months ahead before you take delivery of your Model 3.
Early this year, Tesla 7.1 software introduced an array of new Autopilot features to further enhance the convenience and safety of the driving experience. While many of these features move the ball forward toward a safer autonomous future, none is more significant than the remote parking technology known as Summon.
Last Fall, Tesla Version 7.0 software introduced a range of new Autopilot active safety and convenience features to give you more confidence behind the wheel, increase your safety on the road, and make highway driving more enjoyable. The release of Tesla Version 7.1 software continues our improvements to self-driving technology. This release expands Autopilot functionality and introduces the first iteration of Summon.
Im Oktober letzten Jahres haben wir begonnen, das Model S mit Hardwarekomponenten auszustatten, die es uns erlauben, schrittweise Technologien für das selbstfahrende Auto einzuführen: ein Frontradar, 12 Ultraschallsensoren mit hoher Reichweite, welche die Umgebung des Fahrzeugs im Umkreis von 4,9 Metern bei jeder Geschwindigkeit erfassen, eine Frontkamera sowie ein hochpräzises, digital gesteuertes elektrisches Bremsassistenten-System. Außerdem verfügt jedes Model S über ein GPS-Navigationssystem mit digitalen Straßenkarten. Die Einführung der Tesla Softwareversion 7.0 ermöglicht diesen Komponenten nun, eine ganze Reihe von Komfort- und aktiven Sicherheitsfunktionen bereitzustellen. In ihrer Gesamtheit bilden sie das einzige voll integrierte System mit vier verschiedenen Rückmeldungs-Modulen: Kamera, Radar, Ultraschall und GPS.