"How do you think they're going to behave?"
Not Dangerous Enough
Tesla owners are using cheap steering wheel weights to trick their cars into thinking they're keeping their eyes on the road.
According to a report from The Washington Post, the weights, which have risen in popularity as Tesla's Full Self-Driving (FSD) continues to be adopted by a growing number of drivers, offer intentionally mundane-looking benefits, such as relieving shoulder pain or doubling as a phone holder.
In reality, however, the weights are designed and sold to allow FSD users to take their hands off the wheel while their car attempts to drive itself — despite Tesla still requiring drivers to actively pay attention and be able to take over at any point with the feature turned on.
It's incredibly reckless behavior, especially considering that Tesla Autopilot-related deaths have seen an unsettling surge in recent months.
High Risk, No Reward
Per the WaPo, the devices are being sold across the web, and are particularly common on massive online marketplaces like Amazon and Alibaba's AliExpress.
Comments on the listings — several of which have been removed in light of the WaPo's report — are reportedly telling of the products' real purpose, even if a product description suggests otherwise.
To be clear, the car "nags" for good reason. Tesla's self-driving features are anything but perfect and have been involved in several fatal collisions. Drivers are using these cheap weights at their own risk, but are also putting other drivers around them at risk, too.
Even so, experts say that the prevalence of the products, while obviously terrible, isn't all that surprising.
For its part, Amazon says that it's doing its best to counter the issue.
"The products in question were evasively listed, have been removed, and we are taking corrective action," an Amazon spokesperson told the WaPo. "Amazon does not tolerate illegal or evasive behavior, and we enforce bad actors that make factual misrepresentations to customers."
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