A Tesla’s radar saw something that no one else saw — a phantom. In a tweet by Tesla Quad Cities, you can clearly see the image of a figure standing directly in front of the Tesla and behind the pickup on the screen. However, you can’t see the person in real life. So, either this is a glitch, or perhaps Tesla should have a Ouija Mode where those bold and daring could initiate communication.
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— Tesla Quad Cities (@teslaquadcities) December 20, 2019
This is actually just a computer glitch. Even Teslas are made by humans — and things happen.
But it sure would be fun to use in a movie as evidence of the paranormal. After all, despite what our naked eyes can see, we are truly never alone.
The radar that is mentioned in the tweet is a part of Tesla’s advanced sensor coverage that has a total of eight cameras that give 360 degrees of visibility around the vehicle. Also included are twelve updated ultrasonic sensors that help the vehicle to “see” both hard and soft objects (people and things) at almost twice the distance of its prior system. Tesla also has a forward-facing radar with enhanced processing that receives its data via redundant wavelengths that can see through heavy rain, fog, dust, and even the car ahead.
With all this in mind, perhaps Elon and Tesla have accidentally invented a way to see what is invisible to the naked eye? Perhaps that Tesla did see a phantom, after all.
I am sure the guys at the Ghost Adventures Crew would be interested in using a Tesla to check out their next haunted place. These guys spend the night in haunted houses and film their adventures. It’s pretty fun to watch, and one can imagine the fun they would have in a haunted town inside a Tesla.
Editor’s note: Tesla’s human and vehicle detection system is sensitive — for good reason, since it would be a disaster if the car didn’t see a person or vehicle and hit it, whereas it’s not a huge deal if it thinks it sees one and is more cautious than normal. Furthermore, the visualization for the driver is just that, a simple visualization. If the car spots something that is anything close to being a human or car, it shows you a human or car on screen. But then it typically disappears quickly if it isn’t one. I once backed up into a parking space and was shown an orange traffic cone in the space next to me, which obviously wasn’t there. When I got out and looked more closely, there was a piece of gum on the ground there. The car had identified something and showed me an orange traffic cone as its best guess.
The visualizations on Tesla touchscreens keep getting more accurate, but there are plenty of fun quirks to laugh at still. Ghost people is one of them. 😀