Tesla FSD beta test car hits bollard, driver fired

Occurred: March 2022

Tesla fired an employee in its Autopilot division for publicly sharing a video of a 2021 Model 3 Full-Self Driving (FSD) beta test car colliding with a bollard on the side of a road in San Jose, California.

John Bernal, who has been creating videos about Tesla's FSD beta for over a year on his AI Addict YouTube channel, posted his latest video three days after 2021 Model 3 hit a bollard separating a car lane from a bike lane in San Jose. 

'No matter how minor this accident was, it's the first FSD beta collision caught on camera that is irrefutable' Bernal argued in a later frame-by-frame video of the incident.

Bernal told CNN that an Autopilot manager had attempted to stop him posting negative or critical content involving FSD Beta in a meeting before his dismissal.

According to CNN, Tesla’s social media policy makes no direct reference to criticising the company’s products in public, nor does it specifically reference YouTube as a social media channel. 

Tesla has not publicly commented on the collision, nor why Bernal was fired.

Operator: John Bernal
Developer: Tesla
Country: USA
Sector: Automotive
Purpose: Automate steering, acceleration, braking
Technology: Self-driving system; Computer vision
Issue: Safety; Accuracy/reliability; Employment
Transparency: Governance; Black box; Marketing; Legal

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Type: Incident
Published: March 2022