Sandy Munro recently went on a rant in defense of Tesla and its treatment by the U.S. government as well as a plea to stop coddling the legacy auto makers. I will paraphrase most of what Sandy said in this article.
Tesla's FSD and AI
Sandy Munro does not like the way the U.S. country is being ran by its government.
Recently, Tesla had an AI Day and showed off its full self-driving system (FSD). Sandy was able to take a drive in California that he thought was very impressive and he did another with DirtyTesla, who let him sit in his car and drive around.
When Sandy was in the car, they were in city streets making 60 and 120 degree turns. Doing these turns under 40 miles per hour and in normal driving conditions is a big deal. It proves that you have something that is AI (artificial intelligence).
Tesla is also developing chips with billions of contact points. The chips defy imagination. One tiny chip could take the place of any major computer that was developed in the early 2000's.
These types of advancements will save lives.
A Movement to Try and Stop Advancement by Tesla
There seems to be a movement to try and stop advancements in AI and FSD.
In 2018, the U.S. fire departments responded to 212,500 ICE (internal combustion engine or gasoline) vehicle fires. 560 people died in those fires. That's just in 2018. There were virtually no electric vehicle fires. Sandy got these numbers with David Welsh from Bloomberg.
There were fires with the Chevy Bolt and Tesla vehicles as well. An electric vehicle can catch on fire. But it isn't easy to do - you almost have to do it on purpose in a reckless event or not be thinking safely. Gasoline is far more dangerous and flammable than an electric vehicle and its battery.
Tesla talks about how much safer it is going to be for self driving. That same day, NHTSA decides to investigate Tesla for car fires. Is that a coincidence? Was there some kind of plan or collaboration or problem there?
That same day, congress decided to investigate Tesla as well. Sandy doesn't know why these two groups would do this and it is too coincidental for him.
Tesla is a True U.S. Company
For some reason, Congress decides to investigate Tesla for wrong doings along with NHTSA...
Are there any companies close to Tesla's FSD that will save countless lives? There are in China.
If we continue to slow Tesla down with investigations and problems, what is going to happen? Who is going to help the U.S. innovate? Will it be the legacy auto makers?
Sandy says the legacy auto makers are far behind Tesla and the U.S. government is trying to make everything a level playing field - a medal of participation. This upsets Sandy a lot.
China is creating systems right now that are better than the U.S. legacy auto makers and the U.S. is crushing innovation from Tesla, the only source of American ingenuity.
The U.S. government should back off of Tesla and stick to what it knows best and that is not industry. Sandy is tired of the U.S. government coddling companies that have made big mistakes and that everyone is going after Tesla. America is great because of innovation.
Sandy recommends contacting your political representatives and that their contact information is easy to get, such as an email.
Sandy is not a Tesla fanatic. He is very real and will call things exactly as they are.
What do you think of Sandy Munro's rant? Is he correct? Is Tesla being targeted unnecessarily?
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Jeremy Johnson is a Tesla investor and supporter. He first invested in Tesla in 2017 after years of following Elon Musk and admiring his work ethic and intelligence. Since then, he's become a Tesla bull, covering anything about Tesla he can find, while also dabbling in other electric vehicle companies. Jeremy covers Tesla developments at Torque News. You can follow him on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram to stay in touch and follow his Tesla news coverage on Torque News.