by Fred Lambert
A Tesla employee who has been posting videos of his experience with the Full Self-Driving (FSD) Beta has been fired.
The software enables the vehicle to drive autonomously to a destination entered in the car’s navigation system, but the driver needs to remain vigilant and ready to take control at all times.
Since the responsibility lies with the driver and not Tesla’s system, it is still considered a level two driver-assist system despite its name, but Tesla hopes to eventually remove the driver as a supervisor through future software updates.
In following the progress made with the Beta program, we often viewed and shared videos of early beta testers, like AI Addict on YouTube, who often posted driving experiences on FSD Beta.
What we didn’t know is that AI Addict, now known to be John Bernal, was a Tesla employee when making those videos.
Now we learn that Bernal was fired by Tesla late last month (via CNBC): “Tesla has fired a former Autopilot employee named John Bernal after he shared candid video reviews on his YouTube channel, AI Addict, showing how the company’s Full Self Driving Beta system worked in different locations around Silicon Valley.”