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This article was published on April 30, 2021


Tesla VP admits Autopilot wasn’t fully disengaged during recent fatal crash

Tesla needs to get its story straight

Tesla VP admits Autopilot wasn’t fully disengaged during recent fatal crash
Ioanna Lykiardopoulou
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Ioanna Lykiardopoulou

Ioanna is a writer at SHIFT. She likes the transition from old to modern, and she's all about shifting perspectives. Ioanna is a writer at SHIFT. She likes the transition from old to modern, and she's all about shifting perspectives.

Yes, you read correctly.

During Tesla’s Q1 earnings call on April 17, Lars Moravy, Tesla’s Vice President of Vehicle Engineering, commented on the recent fatal crash in Texas and proved that Elon Musk’s claims were, well, lies. 

Musk had claimed via Twitter that Autopilot wasn’t enabled, and that it wouldn’t work on a street without lane lines, as was the case. 

According to a transcript of the earnings call, he blamed again the media for deception and characterized the allegations against Autopilot as “completely false.”

Ironically, Moravy confirmed that at least one of Autopilot’s features – adaptive cruise control – was on before the crash occurred.

Nevertheless, he said that “Autosteer (another feature of Autopilot) did not and could not engage on the road condition that… <pause> as it was designed,” partly supporting Musk’s claims. 

Similarly, he added that there was likely someone on the driver’s seat, based on the deformed steering wheel and the unplugged seatbelts post-crash.

Yet again, these comments bring more questions than answers.


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