Tesla has been accused of stealing its new truck / sports car combo idea from the 1980s television show Knight Rider.
The electric car maker unveiled its first electric articulated lorry, which is designed to challenge diesel trucks as king of the road alongside a new roadster which Chairman Elon Musk said will be “the fastest production car ever” made.
The Foundation for Law and Government’s (FLAG) Head of Intellectual Property Mrs. Sue Generis said, “It’s quite clear that Elon Musk must have watched Knight Rider as a kid as the very concept of parading an articulated lorry and a sports car together is so ridiculous that only a fan of our hit TV show would think it was anything approaching a good idea. The fact that Tesla claims its new articulated lorry is at the pinnacle of technological advancement with enhanced autopilot, automatic emergency braking, automatic lane keeping and lane departure warning is not true, as to our knowledge they are yet to launch one that has a fully functioning scientific research laboratory in the back of the trailer.”
Tesla’s autonomous driving function offers various self-driving features that guide the vehicle to stay within the lines on the road and slow it down when keeping up with traffic ahead, but The Foundation for Law and Government says that its Knight Industries Two Thousand (KITT) autonomous vehicle is able to do all of the above whilst also having the capacity to leap several feet into the air at a single push of its turbo boost button and talks to the driver in a camp sounding, condescending voice.
The Tesla roadster will have a range of close to 1,000km (620 miles) on a single charge and will do 0-100mph in 4.2 seconds, but motor enthusiasts say that this pales into insignificance when compared to such features as the Knight Industry 2000’s “self-aware” cybernetic logic module that allows it to think, learn, communicate and interact with humans, a molecular bonded shell which protects it from almost all forms of conventional firearms / explosive devices and a grappling hook mounted under the front bumper.
“Tesla claims that their new roadster will make traditional cars feel like steam engines, but our Knight Industry 2000 has been doing that since the 1980s. The only issue people may have with KITT is the price which comes in at just shy of $30,000,000 so it may be out of the price range of the average Tesla driver,” Mrs. Generis added.