It has been reported that a specific code used for crash testing was found in Tesla’s vehicle software and is becoming a concern for testing agencies.
Although Tesla has a strong track record of vehicle safety with its Model Y most recently earning five stars in both ANCAP and Euro NCAP, the results may have been somewhat manipulated by the findings in Tesla’s software.
A notable Tesla hacker on Twitter that goes by the name “Green” recently made the discovery that certain lines of code contain crash testing agency support, reports Elektrek.
It was also found that Tesla had been giving one-off builds of its software to the agencies for testing as well. This seems to be in relation to Tesla’s autopilot feature which crash testers also evaluate and may help the vehicles perform better in testing situations.
According to Drive.com.au, ANCAP is already looking into the claims made on Twitter.
While the carmaker isn’t being accused of cheating, the code does raise the question as to why it is present.