Tesla whistleblower leaks data on customers’ Full Self-Driving complaints

To challenge Elon Musk’s full self-driving claims, a Tesla whistleblower has reportedly leaked 100GB of data to a German media outlet containing thousands of customer complaints about the automaker’s full self-driving (FSD) features.

Documents obtained by Handelsblatt show about 2,400 self-acceleration problems and more than 1,500 braking problems in Tesla cars.

Tesla FSD complaints were reported across the US, Europe and Asia from 2015 to March 2022, The Verge reports.

According to Handelsblatt, there were 139 reports of “unintentional emergency braking” and 383 reports of “phantom stops” from false collision warnings from customers.

According to the media company, when they informed Tesla of the data it had received, the electric car maker allegedly “demanded deletion of the data and talked about data theft.”

Some customer incidents include a description of how the car “broke suddenly or accelerated suddenly”.

Some Tesla drivers “have ended up in a ditch, crashed into walls, or crashed into oncoming vehicles.”

Tesla’s FSD capability enables all the features that come with Tesla Autopilot and Enhanced Autopilot, including automatic lane changes, automatic steering, automatic parking, and more.

Despite many concerns, Tesla made the FSD beta available to everyone in November last year.

Tesla is under intense scrutiny for its autopilot and FSD software driver assistance features.

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is also investigating Musk’s self-driving claims. The SEC investigation aims to determine whether the electric vehicle manufacturer violated its rules in promoting FSD and Autopilot programs.

Last month, to some relief for Tesla CEO Musk, the jury in the 2019 Autopilot-related plane crash in the United States returned the verdict in favor of the electric car company.

A jury in California state court awarded plaintiff Justine Hsu, who sued Tesla in 2020, no damages.

In February, Tesla received a clean sheet from the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) in a fatal accident involving the Tesla Model S Autopilot system in 2021.

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