Tesla, the famous video of the Model X driving alone was a fake: “artfully built with several takes”
A famous video that showed a Tesla Model X driving autonomously would actually be a fake. A Tesla manager admitted it years later.
Tesla was accused of misleading consumers with a 2016 video ad in which a Model X could be seen driving alone on the streets of California, respecting traffic lights and parking itself.
Several years later, we now know that video, which had long been used to promote Tesla’s Autopilot feature, is actually a fake. The head of Tesla’s Autopilot division, Ashok Elluswamy admitted during a hearing of the trial that sees Tesla accused of causing the death of a motorist.
The case is that of Walter Huang, an Apple engineer who died in an accident in 2018. Huang was actually driving a Model X equipped with Autopilot. Huang’s family blamed the system for causing the crash, while Tesla argued that the man was not paying proper attention to driving. The matter will be heard in a California court.
However, Ashok Elluswamy specified that the video had not been published with the intention of showing the real capabilities of Autopilot, but rather with the aim of showing the potential that autonomous driving systems will achieve in the future. The video, which was removed from YouTube but can still be seen here, was hugely popular and has been viewed by millions of people around the world. According to these new revelations, it would be the result of several takes and painstaking editing and post-production work. In short, there was almost nothing true.