Tesla owners test brakes on kids and embed keys in hands

Tesla owners test brakes on kids and embed keys in hands

Tesla owners test brakes on kids and embed keys in hands

Tesla owners are taking action.

A man, a Michigan resident named Brandon Dalaly, implanted his Tesla key in his hand, CNN reported. Another man, Tad Park, a San Francisco-based entrepreneur, drove his Tesla into a child to prove his automatic braking system worked.

It’s no secret that fans of Elon Musk’s electric car company are passionate. In 2019, Mashable wrote that the company inspires “devoted stans”. Tesla also topped Consumer Reports’ car satisfaction survey in 2022, and it wasn’t the first time.

A Tesla owner – he has Models 3, Y and S – said Entrepreneur there are several reasons why he loves his cars so much.

Driving a Tesla versus another type of car is “the difference between a Model T and a horse and buggy,” said Greg Tramontin, president and CEO of GoAuto Insurance.

“It is a whole [other] level of driving and technology,” he said, noting that he watches Netflix while charging his cars and rarely has to take them out for maintenance or repairs.

But others push this passion to the extreme. This week, a Tesla owner showed CNN how he embedded a chip that unlocks his Tesla in his hand so he can never lose his keys.

“I’m a huge tech nerd,” Dalaly told the outlet. He also said he hoped to put his credit card in his hand – and he already had another chip that unlocks the door to his house.

Then there’s the case of a man driving a Tesla (slowly) into a child. Or, as Guardian columnist Arwa Mahdawi put it, “Why are Tesla fanatics putting their kids in the way of moving cars?”

The answer is that there is an ongoing online debate about whether Tesla’s “Full Self-Driving” technology actually shuts down if a child is in front. (FSD is still in beta mode and has a slew of testers. It’s also, colloquially, more of an assisted drive. The name is a bit of a misnomer.)

The controversy began when a tester posted a video he said showed Tesla’s FSD system didn’t stop at childish lures.

Tesla later changed its website to say it’s intended to reduce the possibility of a crash, not completely stop one. Electrek, a transport-focused outlet, said it discovered during an investigation that the FSD was not engaged during the test.

Tesla fans saw it as a challenge. One shareholder, Volt Equity CEO Tad Park, posted a video of his Tesla approaching a child at 8mph. The car stopped, according to CNBC.

“We made sure that the car recognized the child. Even if the system failed completely, I was ready to take over at any time. I had an idea of ​​when I was going to have to brake if the car wasn’t slowing down enough.” he said at the exit.

YouTube removed the video last week, the outlet noted.

Tramontin said he would never consider putting his Tesla key in his hand. (“It’s crazy,” he said.) But he loves the way he drives.

“It’s the best thought out vehicle I’ve ever seen. Elon Musk and his engineers have done a tremendous job,” he said.

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