Elon Musk took intention at a “bats–t crazy” tech billionaire who denounced the Tesla CEO as a “crybaby” for complaining a few video clip exhibiting a Tesla run over a baby model.
Musk’s electrical automotive firm has despatched a cease-and-desist letter to Dan O’Dowd’s advocacy group, The Daybreak Venture, over an allegedly “defamatory” video depicting a self-driving Tesla colliding with a doll meant to signify a baby.
The 32-second-long viral advert, which incorporates an look by O’Dowd, calls into query the protection options of Tesla’s autonomous “Full Self-Driving” software program (FSD).
The video reveals a “security take a look at” of a Tesla automobile that was carried out at Willow Springs Check Monitor in Rosamond, Calif.
“Elon Musk says Tesla’s Full Self-Driving software program is ‘superb,’” O’Dowd is heard saying within the video throughout his narration.
“It should ‘blow your thoughts,’” O’Dowd, president and CEO of Santa Barbara-based Inexperienced Hills Software program, says within the video. “However does it work?”
The video then cuts to a clip of a Tesla sedan in “precise full self-driving mode” because it repeatedly barrels right into a child-size model.
“This occurs over and over,” O’Dowd is heard saying.
“100 thousand Tesla drivers are already utilizing Full Self-Driving on public roads.”
O’Dowd, whose firm offered embedded security and safety methods to automotive producers comparable to Ford, continues: “I’m a security engineer, and Tesla’s Full Self-Driving software program is the worst business software program I’ve ever seen.”
“Inform Congress to close it down,” he says.
The video, which was posted on Twitter on Aug. 9, has collected almost 1 million whole views.
Musk responded on Twitter to a publish about O’Dowd written by @WholeMarsBlog, a pro-Musk Twitter account.
The Tesla mogul used the emojis for a bat and feces earlier than writing out the phrase “loopy.”
O’Dowd posted a response to Tesla’s threat of legal action, calling Musk a “crybaby” who sicks his “troll military” towards critics comparable to himself.
“I dare you to return out and defend this know-how,” O’Dowd wrote in response to Tesla’s letter.
“Tesla Full Self-Driving software program has no future. It’s the most incompetently designed, carried out, and examined business software program I’ve ever seen.”
In a subsequent Twitter publish, O’Dowd refers to Musk as a “grasp scammer” and “crybaby” who was “hiding behind his lawyer’s skirt.”
“Guess I damage his wittle feewings,” O’Dowd taunted. “Now the coward [Musk] lashes out, sending pawns to battle his battle.”
O’Dowd’s tweet includes a cartoon exhibiting a unadorned Musk tweeted whereas mendacity in mattress as two attorneys tie up a girl who’s certain and gagged in a chair. One of many males is depicted holding a knife whereas the opposite is holding a nondisclosure settlement.
“Elon Musk’s concept of free speech,” reads the caption. The cartoon is criticism of Tesla’s coverage requiring the homeowners who gained early access to the beta version of its FSD software final yr to signal nondisclosure agreements.
Earlier this week, Musk introduced that Tesla would be hiking the price of its FSD software to $15,000.