Musk oversaw staged Tesla self-driving video, emails present

Elon Musk looking shifty, because he's shifty.

Enlarge / Elon Musk, chief government officer of Tesla Inc., arrives at courtroom through the SolarCity trial in Wilmington, Delaware, on Tuesday, July 13, 2021. Musk was cool however combative as he testified in a Delaware courtroom that Tesla’s greater than $2 billion acquisition of SolarCity in 2016 wasn’t a bailout of the struggling photo voltaic supplier. Musk was triumphant in that case, however he is received a lot extra authorized bother to wriggle out from. (credit score: Al Drago/Bloomberg by way of Getty Pictures)

If there was any doubt that Tesla CEO Elon Musk knew the corporate’s much-watched 2016 self-driving demo was staged, emails obtained by Bloomberg ought to lay that to relaxation. “Simply wish to be completely clear that everybody’s high precedence is reaching a tremendous Autopilot demo drive,” Musk wrote in an e mail. “Since it is a demo, it’s wonderful to hardcode a few of it, since we are going to backfill with manufacturing code later in an OTA replace.”

Musk noticed little improper with this technique, saying, “I shall be telling the world that that is what the automobile *will* be capable to do, not that it will probably do that upon receipt,” he wrote. However as a substitute of creating this clear, the video, launched to the world by way of Musk’s Twitter account, opens as a substitute with white textual content on a black background telling the viewer that “the individual within the driver’s seat is just there for authorized causes. He’s not doing something. The automobile is driving itself.”

Musk took to Twitter on the day of the video’s launch to inform his followers that the automobile might learn parking indicators, and it knew to not park in a disabled spot. He additionally claimed that somebody might use the “Summon” operate on a automobile parked on the opposite aspect of the nation.

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