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Musk’s Tesla Video Touting Self-Driving ‘Was Staged’ – Reuters

Tesla’s Autopilot team set out to engineer and record a “demonstration of the system’s capabilities” at the request of Musk, a senior engineer said


Elon Musk and a Tesla EV car
The video, which remains archived on Tesla’s website, touted capabilities like stopping at a red light and accelerating at a green light. Photo: Reuters

 

A 2016 Tesla video, promoted on Twitter by chief executive Elon Musk, that was used to promote its controversial self-driving technology was staged, according to testimony by a senior engineer, Reuters reported.

The video, which remains archived on Tesla’s website, touted capabilities like stopping at a red light and accelerating at a green light that the system did not have, Ashok Elluswamy, director of Autopilot software at the US EV-maker, said. He added the Autopilot team set out to engineer and record a “demonstration of the system’s capabilities” at the request of Musk, who claimed it was evidence that “Tesla drives itself.”

Read the full report: Reuters

 

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Vishakha Saxena

Vishakha Saxena is the Multimedia and Social Media Editor at Asia Financial. She has been working as a digital journalist since 2013, and is an experienced writer and multimedia producer. As an eager stock market trader and investor, she is keenly interested in economy, emerging markets and the intersections of finance and society. You can tweet to her @saxenavishakha

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