car crash More than 2,400 complaints of bollards, sudden braking to avoid imaginary collisions, and vehicles accelerating beyond the owner’s control. 100GB worth of Tesla internal documents leaked to German newspaper Handelsblatt It presents a solemn status quo about the technical limitations of EV companies.
23,000 files retrieved Handelsblatt Covering issues in Europe, the United States and Asia from 2015 to March 2022, it appears to show that Tesla’s autopilot technology is seriously flawed. The revelations could put the company under renewed pressure from regulators, who could scrutinize the report for evidence that the company misled authorities and customers about vehicle safety. expensive.
The leak could also reinforce fears among Tesla investors and analysts that the company has lost its way. Its vaunted self-driving technology seems far from being safe on the road and can’t seem to move a viable new product from the drawing board to the showroom. Tesla hasn’t launched a new consumer car since 2020 and is widely seen lagging behind other automakers as they step up development of new electric vehicles to meet surging demand. ing. Half-hidden in the flurry of reveals is a teaser for 2019’s top-secret report on Tesla’s long-awaited Cybertruck, a bizarrely angular pickup truck. I don’t think it’s good news.
“Tesla urgently needs a new reliability story,” says Ferdinand Dudenhoeffer, director of the Automotive Research Center in Duisburg, Germany.
The content of the leaked documents is shocking and includes descriptions of near-death experiences with Tesla Autopilot. But analysts say this is not unexpected.
Matthias Schmidt, an independent automotive analyst in Berlin, said: “For most of us who’ve been covering Tesla for 10 years, this shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, and it may not come as a surprise to most of Tesla’s customers. I can’t,” he says.
Schmidt said Tesla has long taken a “move fast, break things” approach to product development, which has raised concerns about whether new products will be viable. There are 393 recorded Tesla-related deaths, 33 of which are related to Autopilot. Schmidt claims Musk “accepts the driver’s death as a result of transfer technology.” Mr. Musk did not respond to requests for comment on the matter or to refer to Mr. Schmidt’s allegations.
It’s often difficult to separate the Tesla brand from the CEO’s personality. Musk has typically brushed off criticism of his own products via Twitter, which he acquired last October for $44 billion. But Dudenhoeffer said the scale of the breach in Germany could make it difficult for Musk to sell his version of the story.
“He has thousands of information about customer complaints and at the same time tells people that it is the best product in the world,” Dudenhoffer said, referring to the controversy of Volkswagen in the mid-2010s. I would like to compare it to a scandal in the United States. He found that the automaker had neglected the environmental impact of its vehicles.
Dudenheffer has held Musk responsible for Tesla’s deepening problems, and Mr. Musk’s management of Tesla and his rocket company SpaceX, which has been in perpetual crisis since its acquisition last year. He spends his time managing his Twitter account. “He’s the CEO and shouldn’t be leading Tesla,” Dudenheffer said. “Because he makes one mistake after another.”