Incident 178: Tesla Owner Activated "Smart Summon" Feature, Causing a Collision with an Aircraft in a Washington Airport

Description: A Tesla Model Y was shown on video slowly crashing into a Vision Jet in Spokane, Washington, allegedly due to its owner activating the “Smart Summon” feature.


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Alleged: Tesla developed and deployed an AI system, which harmed Tesla owner and Vision Jet owner.

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Sean McGregor, Khoa Lam
A Tesla vehicle using ‘Smart Summon’ appears to crash into a $3.5 million private jet · 2022

A video was posted on Reddit Thursday that appears to show a Tesla vehicle slowly crashing into a $3.5 million private jet after being “summoned” by its owner using the automaker’s automatic parking feature.

The Reddit user (who did not imm…

Tesla vehicle crashes into $3.5 million jet after being dangerously 'summoned' by owner · 2022

A Tesla vehicle was caught on video crashing into a $3.5M Cirrus Vision jet after being ‘summoned’ in a dangerous way by the owner.

Smart Summon builds on Tesla’s previous “Summon” feature, which was used by owners to move their cars autono…

Tesla owner uses 'Smart Summon' feature, crashes into $3.5 million jet · 2022

Neither Tesla or the aircraft manufacturer have commented on the crash.

A video posted to Reddit this week appears to show a Tesla vehicle driving into a jet while using one of its self-driving functions.

Uploaded on Thursday by u/smiteme, …

A Tesla Model Y crashes into a $3.5 million jet after being ‘summoned’ · 2022

A new video has surfaced on Reddit that shows a Tesla vehicle crashing into a $3.5 million Cirrus Vision jet after being ‘summoned’ in a precarious way by the owner at a Cirrus event at Spokane’s Felts Field airport. Tesla Model Y has a fea…

Video of Tesla in "Smart Summon" mode ramming $3M jet viewed 3.4M times · 2022

A viral video posted on social media shows a Tesla vehicle crashing into a multi-million dollar private jet after its owner tried to "summon" it with an automatic parking feature.

The video, which was first posted to Reddit this week and la…

Tesla collides with private jet while owner uses 'Smart Summon' mode · 2022

The car was in "Smart Summon" mode when it ran into the jet. The feature was introduced by Tesla in 2019 and is still a beta feature.

Autopilot fail!

Camera caught a self-driving Tesla crashing into a $3.5 million private jet.

The car was r…

Viral Video: Driverless Tesla Crashes Into Private Jet As Owner Uses "Smart Summon" Feature · 2022

The Tesla owner was inside a nearby hangar at the time, apparently going against the company's advice on using the summoning feature safely.

A viral video of a driverless Teslacar slowly crashing into a private jet worth around $3 million h…

Tesla on autopilot slams into £2.7million private jet before pushing it across Tarmac · 2022

A Tesla car on autopilot crashed into a £2.5million private jet after its owner reportedly tried to call for it using the vehicle's Smart Summon feature.

The collision happened at an event hosted by aircraft manufacturer Cirrus in Spokane, …


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