“Tesla’s crash rate dropped 40 percent after the electric carmaker installed its semi-autonomous Autopilot software, government regulators reported today.” It’s fine to have an opinion, but at least back it up with facts. Empirically, driver error (in all cars) accounts for vastly more accidents than autopilot glitches. And by the way, you can only have your hands off the wheel for about 2 minutes at a time before the car prompts you to put hands back on the wheel. If you fail to do so, it will disengage autopilot. Also, Tesla stock price continues to double every couple months. There is a huge waiting list for 3s. The company is in no danger of going under, even as supply moves to keep up with demand.

The people who work in Tesla showrooms work on salary, because the cars pretty much sell themselves. Anyone who has ever driven in one, much less owned one, sees immediately how revolutionary they are, in more ways than just the autopilot capability. You can hate progress if you want to, but it isn’t going to stop it from coming.

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