A Tesla video purporting to demonstrate the automaker’s self-driving capabilities was actually staged, according to claims from a senior engineer at the company reported by Reuters.
The video was shared in a 2016 blog post titled “Full Self-Driving Hardware on All Teslas,” that is still available. Before the nearly 4-minute video begins, the screen flashes text reading, “The person in the driver’s seat is only there for legal reasons. He is not doing anything. The car is driving itself.”