A VIDEO of a Tesla in 'self-driving mode' in a tunnel has gone viral on social media.
The video was published on Twitter by @kenklippenstein and has shocked viewers.
The video shows a Tesla in its 'self-driving mode' that abruptly stopped in a tunnel for seemingly no reason.
Seconds later, the car caused an eight-vehicle crash that injured nine people.
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The accident happened on 24th November on the San Francisco Bay Bridge.
The driver told police that he had been using Tesla’s new “Full Self-Driving.”
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Full Self-Driving currently costs $15,000 and Tesla considers the system “in beta”.
Tesla owners who buy are really testing the software at their own cost and at their own risk.
Although termed 'full self-drive', it really just combines automatic lane changes and auto steering to evaluate and execute a lane change when the driver uses a turn signal.
Nine people were injured in the smash, but none of the injuries were life-threatening.
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According to local media, traffic was stopped for at least 90 minutes.
Just hours before the crash, Tesla CEO Elon Musk had triumphantly announced that Tesla’s “Full Self-Driving” capability was available in North America.
But Tesla requires users to know that they must remain alert and in control of the car at all times during AutoPilot or FSD.
Elon Musk replied to the video on Twitter, saying: "Interesting."
People were quick to comment on the video.
One said: "I start getting anxious when a Tesla is near me on the road."
Another said: "I treat every one of them the way you would a drunk driver."
A third pointed out: "A good reminder that putting distance between yourself and the car in front of you is the only way to control your own fate on the road."
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