Elon Musk is no stranger to controversy on Twitter, but a recent tweet from the tech billionaire might have us reaching for the guzzolene.
Musk’s electrical vehicle companionship, Tesla Inc, has so far enjoyed a lot of success with the Model S, but last year they unveiled a prototype of the “Tesla Semi”, an alone electric, battery-powered truck. Unsurprisingly, the Tesla Semi has created a lot of enthusiasm, with many companies pre-ordering thousands already.
But when a tweeter jokingly scorned up one of the “new press photos”, boasting the Semi photoshopped into a scene from the post-apocalyptic road-trip movie Mad Max: Fury Road , Musk was apparently induced. He retweeted the picture with the theme, “Tesla Semi Truck in Mad Max Mode”.
Obviously, hundreds of people replied to the tweet, sharing gifs from the movie and submitting their own “Mad Musk” creations.
But Musk’s tweet was, apparently , no joke. He followed it up with the proof “it’s real”, sharing a photograph apparently of new developments autopilot locations of the Semi. The blind spot threshold, which verifies how aggressively the truck will overtake other road users, can certainly have three installs: “standard”, “aggressive”, and “Mad Max”.
“We considered moving beyond Mad Max to “LA Freeway” level, but that’s very loco, ” he went on to joke.
The blind spot threshold pieces by verifying how much seat private vehicles involves before changing paths. Changing from “standard” to “aggressive”, for example, will reduce the amount of free space needed in the next path for the Semi to allow itself to move over. Presumably, the “Mad Max” lay will reduce the above requirements down to “the amount of opening offered in an Australian desert hellscape” level.
Tesla’s autopilot systems had previously been lured their share of review, with a report earlier this year situating their self-driving software as the worst on the market. There have also been multiple cases of Tesla vehicles driving into emergency vehicles, or even causing fatalities, while in autopilot mode.
In response to claims that the expression “autopilot” was misinforming moves into these accidents, a Tesla spokesperson reminded patrons that “…Autopilot is a driver’s relief method that requires the driver to pay attention at all times.” And surely, it seems that Musk expects the human rights driver to act as the safety device for his “Mad Max” aspect: when asked by a tweeter whether the option are actually can be obtained, he remarked that the Semi would “ …[ perhaps] have a manual overrule that requires continual press for hardcore lane changes”.