In a somewhat bizarre turn of events, Tesla and the owner of a Model X involved in a crash a few weeks ago have been involved in a war of words as of late. Last week, a man known as Mr. Pang wrote an open letter to Tesla wherein he blamed the company’s Autopilot software for causing his Model X to spontaneously swerve into a guard rail and ultimately cause him to get into a serious accident.
Immediately following the accident, Tesla issued a statement indicating that Autopilot was not used appropriately at the time of the crash. Mr. Pang, however, effectively said that Tesla was lying and that the company never even tried to contact him in the aftermath of the crash. What’s more, Pang went so far as to categorize Tesla’s Autopilot software as a beta product that should have never been released in the first place. Taking things a bit further, Pang also added that Tesla drivers are unwitting “lab rats” being taken advantage of for Tesla’s own benefit.