Racism at Tesla Might Explain Why Their “Autopilot” Crashes So Often - Security Boulevard

Racism at Tesla Might Explain Why Their “Autopilot” Crashes So Often

Racism is a well-documented problem in this company run by a white man from South Africa who grew up wealthy due to apartheid:

An ex-Tesla employee who worked at the Fremont factory for about two years said in a sworn declaration in the Vaughn case that he had heard the “N-word” used at least 100 times by co-workers and that Black and White employees alike referred to the factory as “the plantation” or “slaveship.”

This sentence in particular calls out Tesla for having no credibility:

Arbitrations aren’t usually made public, but Bloomberg News reports that court filings reveal that Rushing found Berry’s allegations more credible than Tesla’s denials.

In a related story, the people who believed in Tesla’s lies are shocked, so shocked, to find out that they were sold a pack of lies — Teslas fail to learn such that multiple owners are crashing into the same hazards.

An avid Tesla customer, he has previously owned a 2016 Model S P90D and a 2016 Model X. What’s also concerning is that he noted that “several calls and emails” to Tesla about the latest crash in Yosemite haven’t been returned with much interest from the automaker. He hoped that the repair costs would be covered and a loaner car supplied. With five Teslas crashing in the same spot, there is clearly an issue with the use of the driver-assist tech on this particular road and one can only hope Tesla takes it seriously before another accident occurs.

Why would an “avid Tesla customer” think repair costs for his crash would be covered? Does he not understand how scams work? That would require some kind of government intervention to protect people like him from… abuse.

So back to the first point, what if you combine the poor engineering quality with disdain for human safety, with racism? You get a Tesla.

Unfortunately people seem unable to see the harm and find unbelievably convoluted ways to apologize it away in their minds.

It reminds me of people saying how lucky blacks in America were to be slaves because emancipation dropped them into an unfair competition with racist whites who kept all the power, denied blacks healthcare and education, and refused to pay fair wages.

Take this quote, for example, in the same article concluding “one can only hope Tesla takes it seriously before another accident occurs”.

Sometimes the technology does its job admirably, like when a drunk driver passed out behind the wheel and his Tesla successfully brought the car to a stop, averting almost certain disaster.

It is NOT an admirable job if the technology encourages drivers to drink and then fraudulently shift blame to their car. There’s nothing to say disaster would be averted, as it could also have crashed. Basic “lane assist” is not driverless.

When this driver was pulled out of his car by police he tried to argue since the CEO of Tesla says the car drives itself therefore a drunk Tesla driver can’t be charged for actually driving.

Does that sound like Tesla is taking safety seriously to prevent another accident?

*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from flyingpenguin authored by Davi Ottenheimer. Read the original post at: https://www.flyingpenguin.com/?p=34575