Is Tesla's autopilot in trouble? Is it dangerous? 17 fatalities, 736 crashes: The shocking toll of Tesla’s Autopilot

by Paul Alexander

‘SAN FRANCISCO — The school bus was displaying its stop sign and flashing red warning lights, a police report said, when Tillman Mitchell, 17, stepped off one afternoon in March. Then a Tesla Model Y approached on North Carolina Highway 561.

The car — allegedly in Autopilot mode — never slowed down. It struck Mitchell at 45 mph. The teenager was thrown into the windshield, flew into the air and landed face down in the road, according to his great-aunt, Dorothy Lynch. Mitchell’s father heard the crash and rushed from his porch to find his son lying in the middle of the road.


“If it had been a smaller child,” Lynch said, “the child would be dead.”’