Tesla Fires Whistleblower Who Leaked Full Self Driving Footage

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....of his Model 3 crashing with FSD engaged.

There's a lot of ways to lose your job. One Tesla employee lost his for making YouTube videos about the cars he's helping to make. John Bernal (no, not the guy that plays the Punisher) lost his job with the EV automaker after posting numerous videos of Tesla FSD software to his YouTube channel, AI Addicts.

What's more, after he was fired, Bernal, who personally owns a Tesla Model 3, lost his access to Tesla's FSD Beta software. It's clear that Musk and Co. don't want the free press that Bernal's channel has been giving them. However, CNBC says that Bernal does still have access to the production version of Tesla Full Self-Driving.

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AI Addict/YouTube
AI Addict/YouTube

After his firing in February, Bernal says he did not divulge company secrets in any of his channel's videos, nor did he show any unreleased software or products. Bernal says he was simply making videos with cars like the Tesla Model X to show Tesla's controversial software in action. However, several of these videos do point out the weaknesses of what is very much software struggling to find its footing.

In the video above, for example, Bernal's Model 3 veers erratically into parking bollards for seemingly no reason. The incident caused minor damage to his car. Bernal says that he was verbally told his videos were "a conflict of interest" when he was fired by Tesla.

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It's no secret that Tesla has a very long way to go with its autonomous software. Constantly bogged down by criticism and legal measures, the company is struggling to find stable ground on which to build its autonomous driving tech. From probes by the NHTSA to videos of FSD failing to perform to the constant praise the software receives on Twitter, it's hard to see where the carmaker's sometimes questionable business tactics and software will land it.

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