YouTuber Andy Slye has been driving his Tesla Model 3 with Autopilot for the past few years. He has Tesla’s Full Self-Driving kit as well. Thankfully, Andy is still alive to tell his story.
Despite the fact that the subject of this video is not amusing, the vast majority of Tesla Autopilot users, as well as all FSD Beta testers, are still alive to share their experiences. This is due to the rarity of fatal Tesla accidents. Those attributed to Autopilot are even more uncommon.
Two men died recently in Texas, sadly and tragically. They were driving a Tesla when they collided with a tree and the car caught fire. The accident is currently being investigated by authorities. However, officers on the scene initially stated that no one appeared to be in the driver’s seat. This has sparked public debate about Tesla’s Autopilot system, despite the fact that there is no evidence that it was to blame for the crash.
Tesla has weighed in on what it has learned so far from the data. The company maintains that Autopilot was not the cause, and that someone was in the driver’s seat. However, there are still a lot of loose ends to tie up.
With that in mind, Slye decided to release a video detailing his experiences with Tesla Autopilot, which he refers to as “the facts.” Unfortunately, there are many myths out there that are reported as facts rather than personal opinions. How should we believe Slye’s “reality” over the “truth” of the media?
We are unable to do so. What we should do, though, is take in all of the data and statistics on both sides, look at the big picture, and pore over the data and statistics to help assess the value of advanced driver-assist systems (ADAS), as well as the essence of such situations.
It’s becoming obvious that ADAS saves lives every day, but we seldom hear about it because it’s almost impossible to track and accidents that don’t result in injuries, fires, or fatalities aren’t newsworthy. On rare occasions, such technology can cause an accident instead of preventing one. Is this to say that we should actually prohibit the use of such technology? Should we be afraid of self-driving cars and semi-autonomous vehicles?
Slye explains how Autopilot operates, how it has helped him over time, what its limitations are, and whether or not he thinks it is safe. You can watch the video below.