Here is what Tesla wrote:
Tesla wrote:The driver had five seconds and 150 meters of unobstructed view of the concrete divider with the crushed crash attenuator, but the vehicle logs show that no action was taken.
A more appropriate statement might have been:
Autopilot, which was controlling the car at the time, had an unobstructed view of the concrete divider yet it chose to drive directly into it, resulting in the death of the driver.
And they go on to lie with statistics:
Tesla wrote:In the US, there is one fatality every 86 million miles across all vehicles from all manufacturers. For Tesla, there is one fatality, including all known pedestrian fatalities, every 320 million miles in vehicles equipped with Autopilot hardware. If you are driving a Tesla equipped with with Autopilot hardware, you are 3.7 times less likely to be involved in a fatal accident.
That may all be true, but the implication by the wording is that the reduction in fatality rate is somehow influenced by the availability of Autopilot hardware. There is no evidence one way or the other whether Autopilot improves Tesla's statistics. In fact, Autopilot might be making them worse than they would be otherwise.
But the simple fact is that other factors are likely much more important in these statistics. For instance, the Tesla Model S, which accounts for most of the vehicles with Autopilot included, received the best crash rating of any car ever, IIRC. Also, the Tesla Model X and Model X are heavier than most sedans on the road, so they will tend to fare better than smaller vehicles in accidents. Also note that Autopilot is only capable of driving in the simplest and safest environments. It does not take on the most challenging driving tasks that humans must handle. Finally, since Tesla ALWAYS blames the driver for fatal crashes with Autopilot engaged, if follows that Autopilot gets NO credit for miles covered when there are not crashes: the driver gets all that credit also. In other words, Autopilot has no miles of driving without fatalities since all miles with fatalities are credited to the driver.
All this in an attempt to draw attention away from the fact that Autopilot drove this vehicle directly into a concrete divider barrier, killing the driver.