Tesla Model 3
YouTube has removed two videos from its platform that show Tesla drivers using their children as mannequins in amateur vehicle safety tests on roads and driveways.
The test was to determine if the movement was slow Tesla Equipped with the company’s latest driver assistance systems, vehicles automatically avoid collisions with pedestrians (in this case, children) walking or standing on the road.
After CNBC reached out, YouTube spokesperson Elena Hernandez wrote in an email Friday night:
“YouTube does not allow content that shows or encourages minors to engage in risky activities. After review, CNBC submitted video has determined that it violates YouTube’s Harmful and Dangerous Policy and has removed the content as a result.”
The specific policies cited by YouTube are: harmful and dangerous content. The company removes videos that promote dangerous or illegal activities that pose a risk of serious physical harm or death when it becomes aware of them. “Specifically, we do not allow content that shows or encourages minors in harmful situations, such as dangerous stunts, challenges, or pranks that could lead to injury,” the spokesperson said. rice field.
Tesla sells its driver assistance system in the US as a standard package called Autopilot and as a premium option called Full Self-Driving (or FSD) for $12,000 up front or $199 per month. If you score well in the company’s in-vehicle safety tests, you’ll get access to an experimental program called Fully Self-Driving Beta.
None of these systems make Tesla cars self-driving, requiring the driver to stay behind the wheel, pay attention to the road, and not turn, brake, or accelerate sharply. Not Safe to Use. Tesla’s owner’s manual warns drivers that this system will not make the car self-driving.
In a video posted on August 14, Tesla owners and investors in Elon Musk-led company Tad Park drove a Model 3 car at 8 mph down a San Francisco Bay Area road. Headed for one of my children. No one was injured in the test.
This video had tens of thousands of views before YouTube. alphabetof Google, removed. Alphabet is the creator of self-driving car technology and also owns Waymo, which operates robo-taxis.
Park is CEO of Volt Equity and portfolio manager of an ETF focused on self-driving technology called VCAR. “I have experienced the product myself and believe in my investment,” Park told CNBC. “We have taken extensive safety measures to ensure that our children are never in danger.”
In a follow-up email, Park wrote:
He said the car had never gone more than 8 miles per hour and said, “I made sure the car recognized my child. Even if the system had completely failed, it was always ready to take over.” If the car wasn’t slowing down enough, I had to brake.”
The test was a success, in Park’s view, because the car slowed down and did not hit objects such as pedestrians or his children. I don’t think so, but if so, I would do this test again.”
“That said, I wouldn’t recommend trying this at home on purpose,” he added.
Park conducted the test in response to a nationwide advertising campaign by the software company’s founder. Dan O’Dowd Criticize Tesla’s driver assistance features.
The now-deleted video was posted to a YouTube channel named: Full Mars Catalogis run by Tesla shareholder and major promoter Omar Qazi on social networks. Tesla CEO Elon Musk I frequently interact with Qazi on my blog and Twitter.
In addition to YouTube, CNBC reached out to the California DMV and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to ask if such videos are safe or legal.
NHTSA issued a statement on August 16, saying, “NHTSA generally advises that it can be extremely dangerous for anyone to attempt to test vehicle technology themselves. And no one should risk their own life or the lives of others.Technology.”
The NHTSA also said, “As NHTSA consistently states, no vehicle available today is capable of autonomous driving. The most advanced vehicle technology available today provides driver assistance, It requires a constantly vigilant human driver to perform the driving task, monitoring the surrounding environment.”
California’s DMV told CNBC in an email: “As advanced vehicle technology becomes more widely available, the DMV shares the same concerns as other road safety stakeholders regarding the potential for drivers to misunderstand or misuse these features. previously pointed out to Tesla and continues to emphasize the importance of providing clear and effective communication to customers, purchasers and the general public about the capabilities, limitations and intended use of any vehicle technology.”
California DMV recently claimed Deceptive marketing or false advertising by Tesla regarding driver assistance systems. It’s also undergoing a lengthy review of the safety of Tesla’s technology, including FSD Beta.
The police in the town where Mr. Park took a test drive didn’t make it to the public in time. Tesla did not immediately return a request for comment.