Dear Tesla fan who wants to run over a kid to prove one thing,
Hi, my name is Andy and I am a transportation editor. I saw on Twitter – yes, I know, not a great place to look for things – that you were going run over a child to prove a point, A little more about Tesla and Autopilot some videos on twitter – again, bad place, should be avoided – test running a Tesla vehicle on top of a kid-sized dummy and you want to prove that those tests are bogus and false, so you’re going to have a test drive to prove. Were going to try to run over the real kid. point.
Are there any kids in the Bay Area who can run in front of my car on full self-driving beta? I promise I won’t run them… (I will leave if necessary)
(this is a serious request)
— The Complete Mars List (@WholeMarsBlog) 9 August 2022
So I thought I would write you this letter and say this:
Do not do this.
In fact, I totally wouldn’t do that. don’t force a kid to walk in front of your 2,000 ton metal box mixed up.
Don’t risk a child’s life to win the battle on Twitter.
I see that you are a big fan of Tesla and Elon Musk, with whom you have a very cordial relationship on Twitter. It’s great! I’m glad you have friends on the internet. Looks like you have too many of them. 129,000 followers! It’s more than me. Congratulations.
Maybe your exam is good. May the kid survive and prove your point and the people you were trying to prove wrong are so embarrassed they turn into corncobs. But I can’t help but worry that many of your followers will tweet about you running over a kid with your Tesla to prove one thing and think, “Hey, I could do that too!” And their tests may not go well. And then oops, dead kids.
You’re a big fan of full self-driving, the Tesla Driver Assist feature that sounds like an autonomous driving system, but isn’t because it requires the driver to be alert (as you notedYou want to prove it’s safe, despite all the security experts and consumer advocates who say it’s not. I’m glad you liked the cool new technology in your car. But that’s just one thing in a car. Kids are so much better! They say funny things and laugh at dumb jokes and can be really cute at times. Let’s get the kids out of the Twitter fight, yes?
I think you think full self-driving is completely safe and you really want to prove that point to your followers, and based on your personal experience, it seems to be true. But I think you are confusing your own anecdotal evidence with statistical evidence, which is an informed logical fallacy. Don’t worry, people do this all the time!
Let’s leave the security tests to the experts, yes? Tesla and other companies working on driver assistance and autonomous driving technology conduct thousands of tests and drive millions of miles every day. There are better ways to get sempai to notice you that don’t involve harming children. anime photoshop, weed jokes, COD meme. Our man is an open book. And you basically wrote the manual for how to get Elon to reply to your tweet!
I don’t know if you’re serious about having a baby, but online threats have a way of manifesting as real-life disasters and I’d probably hate myself if I didn’t say anything. Every year many children are killed in car accidents, but the numbers are decreasing. Let’s keep it that way.
so please. Wheedle. Do not run over the child.
Sincerely, the person who saw you wanted to run over a child to prove his point and thought it was a bad idea.