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South Korea’s transportation ministry is investigating the safety features of Tesla.
Ministry officials reported to Reuters that they’re checking the Autopilot and the steering and braking of Model 3, a car quite popular in South Korea.
The automotive experts also invite Tesla to take part in the safety-checking process, which could last between six and twelve months.
For your information, the sale of Model 3 in South Korea increased by 1,500% in the first half of 2020.
The all-electric sedan is the favorite car of South Koreans, thanks to its affordable price and the government subsidies.
What causes the microscopic observation of Tesla’s vehicles is not clear, but the company has already been through this in other countries around the world.
In Germany, there was a regional court trial investigating unfair competition in the country, including Tesla’s Autopilot as an unsafe feature.
Let’s make it clear. The company always points out the necessity of a human behind the wheel, so examining the safety of Tesla’s Autopilot at the moment is unfair.
The Autopilot feature requires monitoring from the driver, and this is what Tesla always claims, nevertheless, the judge said, that the “standards of the law against unfair competition are rather strict.”
However, Tesla’s driving assistance features and Autopilot have created safer roads in areas where people use electric vehicles.
The electric carmaker released a report on May 1, 2020, analyzing the number of accidents per miles driven. According to the report, vehicles that use Tesla’s Autopilot are involved in one accident every 4,68 million miles driven, while the United States national average is one accident per 479,000 miles driven.
The numbers don’t lie, and as you can see, Tesla is safer than any other vehicle on the road.
Tesla’s Model 3 is directly competing against the native Hyundai, that’s recently switching to electric batteries rather than the hydrogen cells.
According to insiders from the massive car industry, “Hyundai did not expect Tesla to dominate the EV market so quickly.”
Since last year, Tesla’s all-electric sedan is overshadowing the local Hyundai’s Kona EV, as well as the Niro EV by Kia (also a South Korean car company).
Instead of competing against a giant like Tesla, smart companies like Hyundai will convert their vehicles to electric, and join the sustainable car revolution that Elon Musk started.
Electric cars are environment-friendly and make our roads safer.