Open Letter to Tesla Engineers:
It seems to me that with any new technology there are benefits and unexpected side effects. Take the invention of the automobile. Sure we get from point A to point B a whole lot faster than ever before, but road traffic accidents also represents the leading cause of death among young people ages 15-24 (http://www.worldlifeexpectancy.com/usa-cause-of-death-by-age-and-gender).
I can see how a negligent driver could use the added torque irresponsabily. And even though in a Tesla Model S the driver and his passengers would likely survive and walk away from a severe accident as has been demostrated by recent reports, the main question I would like ask is: "What could be incorporated into all Teslas that would reduce or elimiante the Tesla driver from causing an accident?"
I believe Tesla's software provides a platform for developing a whole new field of safety measures that can be incorporated into every vehicle.
As an example, consider three things a Tesla vehicle would do when the vehicle is in "Safe Driver Mode".
In "SAFE DRIVER MODE" :
1) An embedded cabin breathalyser would limit the vehicles top speed and torque or completely prevent the car from moving.
2) Irradic acceleration patterns perhaps coupled with late night/early morning times (say Sunday 12am - 4 am) would limit the vehicles top speed and torque.
3) Ran stop signs would provide a warning. Multiple ran stop signs would limit top speed and torque. How to detect stop signs? In collaboration with Google, map all stop signs, and use onboard GPS to determine if the driver at the very least attempted to slow down at a stop sign.
Maybe these ideas are way out there. But if you want to make the safest car ever even safer, the vehicle should detect human driving and compensate accordingly.