thecarchik writes: Talk about jumping the gun. People all over the web are freaking out about a Tesla Model S catching fire after hitting a *metal object* in the road this week. People are sharing videos like wildfire, that's causing Tesla's stock price to plunge, and EV forums are hopping mad. But let's remain calm for a second and remember some essential truths. Cars sometimes catch fire when they crash. The Tesla Model S is--surprise--a car. So what's the big deal? Storing a lot of energy in a small space is a prerequisite for any car, and that stored energy can be dangerous in certain circumstances. When things outside of normal operating parameters occur (say, a metal object crashing into the car), that energy can escape--sometimes in violent ways. This is true no matter whether the car runs on gas, electricity, nuclear power, you name it. So let's all take a breath and realize that this sort of thing happens every day.
At the source of every error which is blamed on the computer you will find
at least two human errors, including the error of blaming it on the computer.