A Reddit video is going viral as it appears to show a Tesla car hitting a private jet at relatively low speed but with enough force to push the plane around. That Vision jet aircraft manufactured by Cirrus Aircraft is the most expensive model, selling for $1.7–2.2 million. Ouch.
We can’t confirm the authenticity of the video, but Redditors say the Tesla in “clever incantation“Mode. This self-driving beta feature will reportedly make the car drive itself from where it’s parked to the owner’s location.
If you visit the official site, there are many warnings, including “Smart Summon is a BETA feature. You must constantly monitor the vehicle and its surroundings and be ready to take immediate action at any time.”.
Interestingly, even after the first contact with the plane, the car continues to drive, which is somewhat unexpected.
It’s a terrible idea to use a beta feature around multi-million dollar planes. Honestly, I wouldn’t even do it in an empty supermarket lot at this point.
Now one has to wonder if an insurance claim would even be an option. The good news is that no one appears to have been injured, and it didn’t happen during anything like the jet’s refueling phase…
If the video is authentic, it would be a good reminder that real self-driving is far from ready for primetime and needs a lot of work and testing to be done. The progress made in recent years has been amazing, but we’re not there yet. please stay safe
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