Teslas continue to crash into things, automatically - most recently in Michigan, where a Tesla Model Y drove into a stationary state police car. There have been at least 23 other crashes, including three recent ones (more here). One of those occurred in Detroit about a week ago.
So that's at least two in the course of about 10 days.
The federal "safety" apparat - the NHTSA - is reportedly "investigating" these crashes - some of which have resulted in actual death and demonstrable harm - which is interesting given how zero-tolerance the federal apparat is when it comes to transgressions of federal folderol that caused no deaths and no demonstrable harm to anyone, as in the infamous "case" of the Cheating (but harming no one) Volkswagen Diesels, which were all taken off the road, notwithstanding.
Of course, VW's diesels were harming something . . . the "case" for electric cars, like Teslas.
It has hard to make a case for an electric car that costs nearly $50,000 - like the Tesla Y that auto-crashed into the parked Michigan cop car - when you could buy a $25,000 car like a diesel-powered VW Jetta or Golf capable of traveling 700 miles on a tank and which only took a few minutes to refuel and which would never need a $6,000 battery in order to remain functional.
Those kinds of cars did a great deal of good.
So they had to go. The VWs, that is. In order to make way for cars like the auto-crashing (and auto-immolating) Tesla.
"Consistent with NHTSA's vigilant oversight and robust authority over the safety of all motor vehicles and equipment, including automated technologies, we have launched a Special Crash Investigation team to investigate the crash."
Italics added.
Really?
"Vigilant oversight" over the "safety of all motor vehicles and equipment"?
Italics added, again.
Well, how about the defective Takata air bags still in wide circulation because the federal apparat has decreed that every new car made since the mid-late '90s must come with air bags and for that reason there are still hundreds of thousands of defective air bags in cars being driven right now - as you read this - their drivers not even allowed to have a temporary turn-off switch installed until the defective air bags can be replaced?
Never mind.
And - apparently - never mind that NHTSA has allowed Tesla to use the public roads to test a technology that is known to be dangerous, having resulted in known crashes that have killed actual people.
What is there to "investigate"?
It is like "investigating" the tide. We know it's coming in; the why is another matter. Except in this case it is not a question of determining the reason for a naturally occurring event but rather why an artificially created problem continues to be permitted.
A thought experiment will hopefully clarify.
Imagine the "case" of a car - a not-electric car - that was known to suffer fairly regular brake failure, resulting in crashes and deaths. There's no question about the fact of the failure; that something about the way the car's brakes were designed or installed resulted in them sometimes not working and for that reason, the cars crashing.
And that more crashes were for that reason certain.
Even if it were just one of out 10,000 cars that crashed, is there any doubt in anyone's mind that all of the cars so equipped would be robustly recalled - would be taken off the road - by the federal "safety" apparat and the manufacturer of the cars dragooned before various investigatory bodies to determine the Hows and Whys?
This is exactly what was done in the past to Ford over the Pinto, which burst into flames far less regularly per capita than Teslas auto-crash into things. And to Audis that crashed because some owners mistook the accelerator pedal for the brake pedal. The car itself was blameless.
The "safety" apparat requires that all new cars have back-up cameras because a handful of inattentive imbeciles backed up over kids they didn't bother to look for and which they likely didn't see because of federal "safety" mandates that have endowed all modern cars with bulbous, jacked-up booties that make it very hard to see what you're about to back up over,if you haven't made a special effort to check before you Reverse.
But here we have a technology that is known to not work sometimes - and with sometimes fatal consequences. And which when it does work inarguably promotes zero-attention "driving," notwithstanding the oilily crafted legalese about "aways being ready to intervene."
Seriously?
The infamous catalytic converter "test pipe" was banned - for the obvious reason - but auto-crash, which makes a crash much more likely by encouraging "drivers" to use the technology so that they don't have to drive - so that they can literally go to sleep while the car drives - is "investigated."
It says much about NHTSA's "vigilant oversight."
Saaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaafety first!
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