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Video of a Tesla Vehicle Underwater Due to Hurricane Hilary Is Fake

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23rd August 2023
Video of a Tesla Vehicle Underwater Due to Hurricane Hilary Is Fake
The video that allegedly shows a Tesla car underwater is doctored (Twitter)

The Claim

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Amid the recent flooding caused by Hurricane Hilary, a video clip claiming to feature a Tesla vehicle submerged in a flooded garage due to the hurricane has been extensively shared by users on social media.

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Misbar’s Analysis

Misbar investigated the widely circulated video and found it to be fake.

The water in the video is not authentic; rather, it has been added through the use of a camera effects application.

This Video of a Submerged Tesla Vehicle Is Edited

The video does not feature a Tesla car submerged in a garage due to Hurricane Hilary's floods. Instead, it seems to have been edited using the Lidar 3D AR Camera Effect iOS app, introducing digital modifications.

This app is available only on the App Store for iPhone and iPad, and its functionality captures videos with a distinctive and lifelike water effect.

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Photo Description: A screenshot shows the used app from the App Store.

Several YouTube videos provide tutorials on creating rooms filled with water like the one that appeared in the viral video.

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Photo Description: A screenshot from YouTube shows the use of the app.

The publisher, Jeremy Judkins, who shared the circulating video, also uploaded a sequel, featuring a continuation of the scene where he enters a Tesla and drives it through the flooded water. Ironically, he tweeted, "After my house was flooded from Hurricane Hilary, I was able to successfully evacuate in my Tesla. Elon saved my life."

Moreover, it is worth observing that the water level experienced a substantial increase precisely as the video shifted from showcasing the car's rear to featuring its front.

Lidar 3D AR Camera Effect

The Lidar 3D AR Camera Effect allows you to create captivating videos featuring the remarkable and lifelike water effect, alongside an array of other impressive AR effects. This editing tool empowers users' creative ideas and transforms them into reality.

Available exclusively on the App Store for iPhone and iPad, this app enables users to capture videos showing the realistic water effect, along with a variety of other remarkable AR effects. Leveraging LiDAR technology, this app unlocks unprecedented 3D quality, elevating the visual appeal of users' photos and videos to a new pinnacle of excellence.

Tesla Company

Tesla is a prominent American multinational company specializing in automotive and clean energy solutions, headquartered in Austin, Texas. The company's core focus encompasses the design and production of electric vehicles, including cars and trucks, as well as stationary battery energy storage systems ranging from individual homes to larger grid-scale installations.

In addition, Tesla is involved in manufacturing solar panels, solar shingles, and other associated products and services.

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Photo Description: A screenshot shows a Tesla car from the company website.

As of 2023, Tesla holds a position among the world's most valuable enterprises and holds the distinction of being the world's most valuable automaker. 

Tropical Storm Hilary Hits California

Tropical Storm Hilary made landfall in the state of California in the United States on Sunday night, unleashing strong winds and causing flooding along the Pacific coast.

Currently progressing towards Nevada, the storm traversed Southern California, where it left behind record levels of rainfall and predictions of flash floods in Death Valley National Park.

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Photo Description: A screenshot of the BBC’s article.

The impact of the storm has led to the closure of schools on Monday, including the Los Angeles Unified School District, which is the second-largest school district in the nation.

Throughout California, residents have been using sandbags to mitigate the effects of flooding. This preventive measure has been observed in areas such as Long Beach and Palm Springs. According to poweroutage.us, approximately 57,000 individuals in the state are currently experiencing power outages.

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