Tesla Autopilot cheat device banned, because common sense

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Tesla’s Autopilot system is not capable of driving the car without a human behind the wheel for obvious reasons, but that hasn't stopped some people from trying to cheat the system.

Stupidity - but only for track use

One company created a device dubbed ‘Autopilot Buddy’ which clips to the steering wheel simulating the effect of a human hand – and yes, I can see you all facepalming massively right now.

The makers insist the device is “designed for track use only,” because of course, all Tesla drivers want to do a track day where the car drives them around a circuit. Yeah right.

Common sense for the win

No, you need to keep one on the wheel at all times - allow me to demonstrate...

The device is billed as a “nag reduction device” – because a Tesla bonging at you to take back control is such a chore and not life-threatening in any way whatsoever (even bigger facepalm).

To save the day with a whole lot of common sense, the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) has decided that Autopilot Buddy is a terrible idea issuing its maker with a cease and desist letter bringing a halt to sales in North America.

In response, Tesla told Autoblog “We support NHTSA’s action regarding this product.”

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Comments (15)
  • Can the system not be also tricked by the application of an orange? Certain I've seen some moron doing that somewhere so this device is pointless as it's more expensive than, and less delicious than, an orange.

    5 months ago
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  • Autopilot is stupid. Never mind autopilot buddy. How does automatic steering reduce emissions? The recent staff email reads like the pronouncement of a cult leader because that's what it is. Autopilot buddy is the inevitable kool-aid.

    5 months ago
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