Moreover, gasoline car fires have resulted in thousands of deaths and horrible injuries. Nevertheless, Musk argued that all three of Tesla's car fires got more press than all 200,000 other car fires combined.
Musk sees no reason to change the name and pointed out that the one death associated with the Autopilot feature failed to take the necessary action himself to avoid a tragic and fatal accident.
Musk noted that the term is labeled after what is used in the airline industry and that the autopilot feature on a plane does not imply the plane completely flies itself with no attention required from the pilots. He added that the autopilot feature on airplanes is merely a safety enhancement and not a full replacement tool.
"There is no explicit need for us to raise money," he said. "It may be prudent for us to raise some capital as a buffer and to de-risk the business but we have not yet decided on when that might be."
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