Tesla is in trouble for “Elon Mode,” which supposedly disables its Autopilot safety system.
The “Elon mode,” or any form of an autonomous driving mode that doesn’t require the driver’s attention and control, is not an official feature of Tesla’s Autopilot system. Tesla’s Autopilot is considered an advanced driver-assistance system, not a fully autonomous driving system. It requires the driver to keep their hands on the steering wheel and be ready to take control of the vehicle at any time.
The idea of a hidden “Elon mode” that allows the car to drive ultimately autonomously is not supported by Tesla or the official documentation of the Autopilot system. Suppose individuals use third-party devices or tricks to bypass safety features and allow the car to drive without supervision. In that case, this is dangerous and likely a violation of Tesla’s terms of service and potentially local laws.
The increase in Tesla collisions with other road users could be attributed to a combination of factors, including misuse of driver-assistance features, driver inattention, and limitations in the current state of autonomous driving technology. Tesla owners must use Autopilot responsibly and as intended, always staying alert and ready to take control of the vehicle when necessary.
Engaging in risky behavior with advanced driver-assistance systems not only endangers the driver and other road users but also brings into question such actions’ ethical and legal implications. Both technology companies and users must prioritize safety and adhere to regulations and best practices.