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Tesla crash over cliff...

Discussion in 'Model S' started by russman, Jun 23, 2015.

  1. russman

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    Perhaps because he is, to my knowledge, only the third person ever to die in a Tesla. The other two are the guy who stole one and wrapped it around a pole at 90MPH, and another guy who went ballistic over a cliff on Hwy 1, possibly deliberately. All in California. So, statistically, once you get your Tesla out of California you should be totally safe, right? BTW, the pole wrapper was thrown out of the car, suggesting that he wasn't belted in. Even then, he survived the accident (for a while) to the surprise of authorities.

    Stolen: Driver of stolen Tesla that crashed, split in 2, dies

    Cliff: Marin County driver who died in crash off | The Press Democrat
     
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    The way they describe the accident it sounds like he had a major stroke or seizure right before the accident. No car could have saved him with that kind of drop. Still sad for him and his family.
     
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    I hope the media does not blow this out of proportions. That said, I wonder if auto-pilot can prevent issues like these in the case something happens to the driver it would gain control, bonus points if it can locate the closest ambulance and notify 911.
     
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    Would AutoPilot prevent the car veering out of the lane and off the cliff? Perhaps just slowed down to a stop in the lane instead...
     
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    breser AutoPilot Nostradamus

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    Not yet. Doesn't have any steering functionality yet.
     
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    If the driver has a firm grip on the wheel, I doubt Autopilot would help, even after the self steering modules are released. Current generation systems are designed to allow the driver to override them, on the theory that the driver knows better - I don't see how the car would know the difference between a seizure and a deliberate driver override.
    Walter
     
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    Sleepiness detection systems are now quite common. The same technology could be used for seizures and strokes. Not sure if any car has it actually implemented yet.
     
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    No.

    "The man was driving his 2013 Tesla"
     
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    Thanks! Does anybody know if the roll-out has started?
     
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    Because details are interesting to people.

    I just did a Google News search for "car crash." One headline reads, "2 killed when BMW flips in Mount Vernon." Why the need to call out the BMW? "17-year-old suffers brain injury in Long Island car crash." Why mention the age? "Teen driver dies after Newport Beach car crash." Age and location there, neither of which are necessary.

    People need to get less paranoid about details in news stories. If you took out all the details you'd be left with "Stuff Happened."
     
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    So we're now at a total of 4 fatalities in the Model S in 1 billion miles. 2 weren't wearing seatbelts and 2 drove over cliffs. All 4 were single car accidents.

    Remarkable that no one has died in a collision with another vehicle.
     
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    My goodness people can be quite mad:

    Probably best-asked in one of the threads discussing it.
     
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    LOL. Yeah, particularly when Toyota and Diamler DO "build Teslas" (RAV4EV and B Class Electric), and Porsche has several models with "ultra powerful electric motors."
     
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    My condolences to the owner's family. I hate that type of roads, especially when they don't have fences.

    Out of curiosity, would an ICE burn like that?
     
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    Wow, if you click on that nutcases's name and look through the rest of his comments - he has 300 posts all over the web where he almost exclusively seeks out articles about Tesla and trashes it. Has been going on for 7 months.

    He seems to be owning a Panamera Turbo S. Maybe his motivation is that he's upset that he spent so much money on his Porche and now he gets it handed to him by an EV?
     
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    Still only 3. The "4th" was actually a Roadster.
     

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