According to the Financial Times, Elon Musk stated on Wednesday that he believes no other CEO in the world care as as much about safety as he does.
The statement comes just days after Time magazine named the Tesla its Person of the Year for 2021 for his contributions to space exploration and the environment, as well as the FT selected him for the same award.
In an interview with the Financial Times, Musk stated that he has not deceived or jeopardized Tesla users’ safety with the company’s self-driving assistance software, which consists of Autopilot and Full Self-Driving.
Source: Financial Times
“Read what it says when you order a Tesla,” Musk said. “Read what it says when you turn it on. It’s very, very clear.”
Musk claims he prioritizes users’ safety, which is proofed by Tesla’s strong safety ratings, as well as NASA’s usage of SpaceX rockets to launch its own astronauts into space.
He insisted: “I don’t think there’s a CEO on this planet that cares more about safety than me.”
Over the past few years, SpaceX has won multiple NASA contract, the most notable of which being the lunar launch contract, which Musk’s business won against Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin.
However, Tesla has encountered difficulties, despite the fact that SpaceX has mostly avoid major safety concerns.
The electric vehicle company’s self-driving software has been chastised for its involvement in a number of car accidents. Following 11 collisions in which Teslas collided with cars at first-responder sites since 2018, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) launched an inquiry into Tesla’s driver-assist Autopilot in August.
Tesla’s Autopilot function has been chastised by regulators and politicians, who claim the moniker misleads drivers into believing the vehicles are self-driving when they are not.
H/T: Business Insider