A few weeks ago, Dreamworks Animation CEO, Jeffrey Katzenberg had an accident while driving his Tesla Model S. Fortunately, he only had a broken arm and he even specifically thanked Elon Musk, Tesla CEO. A few weeks after that, an Uber driver posted a video showing how his Tesla able to stop just in time to avoid head-on crash.
In a Baron Investment Conference in New York Friday, Musk appeared as the surprise speaker. Ron Baron, the head of Baron Capital who founded the conference mentioned about the incidents to Musk and asked him why he did not play up Tesla’s safety benefits more in the company’s marketing.
To this question, Musk responded that in fact in designing the Model S and the Model X, safety was their absolute paramount goal. He added that he felt like obviously his family would be in the car, his friends’ families and if he did not do everything possible to maximize safety and something gone wrong, he could not live with himself.
Tesla electric cars are able to keep drivers safe in the event of a head-on collision as their electric motors are generally much smaller than any conventional steel engines therefore the area where it can absorb the main force of an impact is two or three times larger than traditional cars. Therefore even if the autopilot had failed to do its task, it will still able to minimize the collision impact to the driver.
Musk said that Tesla cars are built for maximum safety and he does not measure according to the government’s standard. Tesla Model S does get a full 5 star rating. He measured by the car’s injury rating and by far Model S still has the lowest probability of injury of any car ever tested.