Tesla Under Fire

Tesla Under Fire

The group consumer reports said this week that it is calling on Tesla to disable their automatic steering system also referred to as Auto Pilot¬†given that it is not ready for the market or the roads. The thinking behind it is that it is ridiculous to make the claim as Tesla does that they have this thing that can drive and steer your car, but just in case the driver should be constantly vigilant and ready to take over control of the car at a moments notice. Teslsa themselves have said time and time again that this product is still in beta. This is fine but the reality remains that they are basically saying that the people who are the first to test this new product are essentially the Guinness pigs of this process and that is not okay. We have already seen this week a death involving the autopilot system and that is what is making them turn up the heat. The consumers report group usually goes after people whose products are either defective against what they say they can do or they are down right dangerous. The thing is that there is nothing that they are obligated to do but this will definitely turn up the heat and put them in the spot light. They group recently went after Samsung for their claim that their new cell phone was capable of being water proof. This was featured in a commercial in which rapper Lil Wayne is shown pouring champagne onto the phone and even completely submerging it underwater, while still maintaining service. This the group found was completely false. Because of this, they pointed out a clear breech of consumer trust and even breaking the law in saying their product can do something that it can’t. Its tantamount to saying you are selling a blender that cannot turn bananas to drink. However, when it comes to Tesla it is a bit of a different of a situation considering that they say you should not solely depend on it to drive you to where you need to go and that it is only meant to aid in the driving experience not take it over entirely. This is all well and good and they did it to avoid liability but the reality is that people are using it to just drive themselves and that is a problem. However, with the way they worded it its not really illegal what they are doing. The consumer report is not claiming that it is, rather its just really irresponsible and in bad taste to do so. They say that, ” auto pilot can’t actually drive the car, yet it allows consumers to have their hands off the steering wheel for hi-mutes at a time, Tesla should disable automatic steering in its cars until it updates the program to verify that the driver’s hands are on the wheel.”¬†

What is convenient is that they don’t really have to have a big recall to make this happen all they need to do is disable the service remotely.

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