Tesla Driver in Canada Earns Criminal Charges After Sleeping With Autopilot Engaged
A strange incident happened in Canada recently involving a couple of people, two seats that were “fully reclined,” and a Tesla Model S that was driving 140 km/h (87 mph) on Autopilot. As a report from Canada’s federal police goes, a Tesla Model S driver was cited for a dangerous driving charge after he was caught sleeping with his seat “fully reclined” as his Model S was running at high speeds on one of the country’s highways. The Alberta RCMP was alerted of the incident by a commuter who noticed that both front seats were completely reclined, and both occupants appeared to be sleeping. Responding officers pursued the self-driving electric sedan until it stopped. In addition to the dangerous driving charge, the driver also received a speeding ticket for deciding to take a nap while he was on the road. As stories of Tesla’s Autopilot systems go, this one ranks up there as one of the most surreal incidences involving Tesla’s self-driving technology. Fortunately, the driver’s recklessness didn’t result in any car crashes or accidents, only a few punishments for his unparalleled recklessness and inanity.
Tesla Model S Driver Rams Into A Nissan SUV Despite Autopilot’s Warning
This is the latest Autopilot crash; but it wasn’t the system’s fault. A couple, who was too busy engrossed in something else other than focusing on the road, rear-ended a Nissan SUV despite the system warning and chiming its brains out. How can one trust a machine blindly?
Bait & Switch: Tesla Swaps Model 3 Headliner from Alcantara to Textile
Tesla has found itself in the middle of a new controversy, though the issue has nothing to do with its autonomous driving technology going awry. The issue at hand revolves around the Model 3’s headliner and the material that’s being used on it. Apparently, some owners who have taken delivery of their Model 3’s were surprised to see that the headliner in their cars was covered by weaved textile as opposed to Alcantara.
Four Teslas Stolen; Thieves Claim They Are Related to Tesla
As far as car capers go, this one is for the books. Four Tesla vehicles were recently stolen from the automaker’s dealership in Salt Lake City, Utah before being recovered in a span of just a few hours. Turns out, police recovered all four Teslas from four different thieves, some of whom claim to be part of the Tesla family. Bizarre? You better believe it.
Now that Future Tesla Models can Achieve Level 5 Autonomy, Tesla Thinks it can Tell You What to Do
Tesla recently announced that all new models built going forward would have all of the hardware necessary to sustain level 5 autonomy – effectively make the Model S, Model X, and upcoming Model 3 true, self-driving vehicles. This is a huge step forward for the innovative company, and all of the hardware should be fully functional (after several OTA updates) by 2018. This is great and all, but Tesla has been known to have some pretty quirky clauses built into their sales contracts, and level-five capable vehicles are no different. So what funky clause am I talking about this time? How about the fact that you can’t use your new Tesla for car sharing or ride-hailing?
Yes, you read that correctly. On Tesla’s AutoPilot page where the system is described fairly well, but there is a very interesting clause toward the bottom of the page: “It is not possible to know exactly when each element of the functionality described above will be available, as this is highly dependent on local regulatory approval. Please note also that using a self-driving Tesla for car sharing and ride-hailing for friends and family is fine, but doing so for revenue purposes will only be permissible on the Tesla Network, details of which will be released next year.”
Did you catch that? Tesla is quietly announcing its own ride-sharing network that will be available in 2017. That’s great and all, but right in the middle is that clause that says you can’t use your Tesla for ride-hailing or car sharing outside of its own network. So, in other words, you can’t make money off of your self-driving Tesla, unless Tesla is making money at the same time.
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Tesla CEO Elon Musk Suing Oil Industry Executive Over Attempted Impersonation
Elon Musk is one of those people that you either like or hate with a passion. And, be that as it may, there’s one thing we can all agree on – he has a lot on his plate. He’s working on that merger with Solar City, managing to secure funds for Tesla, and now he’s dealing with the explosion of that SpaceX rocket. Well, you can now add corporate espionage to the list of things Musk is dealing with as he has just filed suit against the Chief Financial Officer of Quest Integrity Group, Todd Katz, for impersonation.
So far, Mr. Katz has been the only officer of QIG that was mentioned in the suit, and Musk is apparently seeking an undisclosed amount of financial compensation for Katz’s alleged actions. So, how did Katz try to impersonate Musk? Well, it’s actually quite funny. According to Forbes, the oil industry exec apparently created a fake email account and attempted to obtain confidential company information. To be more specific, he was attempting to learn about Tesla’s financial projections and car pre-order numbers.
The e-mail was sent to Tesla’s CFO – Jason Wheeler – shortly after an earnings call with analysts. According to Forbes, the e-mail used was “email@example.com“ and contained this message:
“why you so cautious w Q3/4 gm guidance on call? also what are your thoughts on disclosing M3 res#? Pros/cons from ir pov? what is your best guess as to where we actually come in on q3/4 deliverables. honest guess? no bs. thx 4 hard work prepping 4 today
QIG is an oil pipeline services company that is based in Seattle. The company provides services for major oil companies like BP, Chevron, and ExxonMobil, among others. There’s no word as to whether or not QIG’s clients had anything to do with Katz’s alleged actions, but considering the effect electric vehicles and hybrids could have on the oil industry, it wouldn’t be surprising.