Safety experts compare the Cybertruck to a ‘guideless missile’ due to its weight, speed, and Autopilot features

Musk and Cybertruck Frederick J Brown and AFP 12.11.2023

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“The stiffness of putting stainless steel construction on top of a stiff battery in a vehicle,” Brooks said, “essentially it seems like it’s just going to turn these vehicles into a missile.”

By Madison Hall
December 11, 2023

  • Tesla’s newly-released Cybertruck weighs 3.5 tons and has the acceleration of a Formula 1 car.
  • Experts, however, are sounding the alarm over their concerns about the vehicle’s safety.
  • One expert referred to it as a “death machine.”

Tesla’s Cybertruck is a modern marvel of sorts.

In its most souped-up state, the nearly 7,000-pound truck can go from 0 miles per hour to 60 in 2.6 seconds and sports an odd, angular design that’s more Lara Croft than Lamborghini.

And while Silicon Valley executives and venture capitalists have lauded the innovative vehicle over the years, now that the first batch of Cybertrucks is on the road, experts are beginning to sound the alarm about its overall safety.

In March, Business Insider spoke with Myles Russell, a Canadian civil engineering technologist who warned about the dangers of trucks — particularly American-produced ones — that have become increasingly taller and more massive in recent decades.

“Something like the Cybertruck and the F-150 electric, these things are different,” Russell, who owns a Tesla Model 3, said. “Now you’re packing in Ferrari and McLaren-level powers, and even arguably Tesla high-energy vehicles, into the size of a truck.”

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