Musk said people who write negative articles about autonomous driving effectively kill people
Musk made those remarks in October 2016, when he criticized the media’s coverage of accidents involving Tesla autopilot vehicles.
“One thing I should mention, and frankly, quite disturbing to me, is the level of media coverage of autopilot accidents,” he said, adding that it is “basically almost nothing compared to the low media coverage of the 1.2 million people who die each year in manual accidents.”
“Think about it, because if you effectively stop people from using autonomous vehicles when you write a negative article, you’re killing them.”
However, Musk said this year that it will be very difficult to convert semi-autonomous technology into fully autonomous technology. He stressed that “massive efforts” will be needed to make fully autonomous technology “99.9999 percent safe.”