Stuff Like This Isn't Helping The Reputation Of Tesla Drivers

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This won't be cheap to repair for either vehicle.

Whenever an accident involving a Tesla happens, people are quick to blame the self-driving Autopilot system. In this case, however, driver error is clearly to blame. Footage captured in London shows the driver of a Tesla Model X pulling out and merging into traffic. Somehow, the driver failed to notice that one of the electric SUV's Falcon Wing doors was wide open. This was never going to end well. Just a few seconds later, the Model X passes a double-decker bus, but the gap is too narrow.

Inevitably, the Falcon Door smashes into the windshield before causing further damage to the side of the bus and bending the door out of shape.

Rahul R/YouTube
Rahul R/YouTube

The reaction of the scooter driver following behind the Model X says it all as he places his hand on his helmet in disbelief at what he just saw. Thankfully, the windshield on the bus didn't shatter and the bus driver wasn't seriously injured. But it certainly gave the bus driver the shock of their life.

We're not sure why the Model X driver decided to drive off with the door open. If you accidentally leave a door open, the Model X alerts the driver with visual warnings on the infotainment screen and audible alerts, so it seems unlikely the driver didn't realize.

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Rahul R/YouTube
Rahul R/YouTube

Older versions of the Model X have been prone to problems relating to the Falcon Doors flying open without warning or failing to open in the past so it may have malfunctioned. Alternatively, the moronic driver could have been showing off the Model X's gullwing-style Falcon Doors to passengers but doing this on a crowded London street filled with traffic and pedestrians is not a good idea. This won't be cheap to repair either. Since the Falcon Wing doors open upwards, there are hinges on the roof that will also need replacing in addition to about 50 other things.

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