Tesla “Auto-Pilot” Driver Charged with Homicide

Tesla “Auto-Pilot” Driver Charged with Homicide

In a tragic set of circumstances, a 28-year-old motorcyclist died on Friday after a Tesla driver, 56, turned on his car’s “Auto-Pilot,” ignored the road, and instead chose to scroll through his phone… striking the motorcyclist at full speed. 🙁

The driver admitted to police that he was “putting trust in the machine to drive for him.” He has since been booked in the county jail and charged with vehicular homicide.

This may be a shock to many of you, but Teslas are not self-driving cars, no matter how hard you want to believe it.

This is clearly contrary to all the hype Tesla and its CEO have put out for over a decade, describing their cars as “driving themselves.”

What strikes me is that the names of Tesla’s driving modes, “Auto-Pilot” and “Full Self Driving,” clearly imply that the vehicle is capable of self-driving. While in truth, it’s exactly the opposite. And if anything happens, it’s your fault.

The official line from Tesla is that both modes are “intended for use with a fully attentive driver, who has their hands on the wheel and is prepared to take over at any moment.”

If you break it down, Tesla’s Auto-Pilot system is a little more than a lane assist paired with adaptive cruise control. Many new cars have that built-in.

According to a Forbes survey, 93% of Americans have concerns over self-driving car safety. While 61% say they wouldn’t trust a self-driving car. Meanwhile, in 2024… Tesla couldn’t even detect a motorcyclist. Yikes.