'Ghostbuster': Chills As Video Shows Tesla Detects People in Empty Cemetery

A Tesla driver was "creeped" out after their car picked up a pedestrian in a cemetery, when no one was visible.

TikToker @iam3dgar, who goes by Edgar Osornia on Instagram, shared a clip to his account, as they drove through the West Side Cemetery District, in Taft, California.

The clip captured the dashboard display, which intermittently showed a pedestrian on the right, walking in various directions.

The person holding the camera kept panning up to show there was no one there, as the car slowly moved through the graveyard.

The clip, shared in March, was captioned: "All the spirits came out today." It was posted across Reddit's Damn That's Interesting forum on Wednesday, where it amassed 25,000 upvotes.

But it emerged Osornia first posted a similar video in October 2021, in the same graveyard, captioned: "I guess my Tesla has a sixth sense!" It racked up a whopping 23 million views, and can be seen here.

Numerous people made jokes about the mysterious figure on the display, while others sought to find a logical explanation.

Enjoying_A_Meal warned: "When you don't see it on the collision detection screen anymore, it means it's now in the car with you."

TheTurboToad said: "Hopefully Teslas have a panic and escape mode."

Anything_anyone thought: "Tesla Easter eggs y'all!"

RestaurantFamous2399 reckoned: "Knowing tesla. It's just programmed to do this when it knows it's near a cemetery."

Englander580 added: "Yeah a graveyard is an AI nightmare no special spooks needed all them human height gravestones and flowers? Ugh."

iBoost14 asked: "So are they picking up freshly buried bodies or naw?"

And providing a plausible theory, Swedeshooters commented: "Looks like it reacts to all the flower arrangements."

Closfb quipped: "Ghostbuster feature is on, just disable it." Referencing another movie, Jonsey_j joked: "Tesla does have a sixth sense."

Working_State_2521 admitted: "That's way creepier than the usual ghost sighting videos."

GetOutOfThePlanter said: "It'd be a lot less spooky if instead of the human icon it was just flashing some generic 'object' icon.

"Then nobody would bat an eye, they'd say 'probably just the flower arrangements and tombstones setting it off.'

"It really is the fact it's using the human icon that is spooky lol. Next update Tesla will add a proper ghost icon."

And iHaveAFIlmDegree added: "So the larger flowers were interpreted as pedestrians? This is inexcusable."

While it's not clear which Tesla make is being driven, the manual for the Model 3 reveals its collision avoidance assist features include detecting pedestrians.

The website explained: "Forward Collision Warning—provides visual and audible warnings in situations when Model 3 detects that there is a high risk of a frontal collision.

"Model 3 monitors the area in front of it for the presence of an object such as a vehicle, motorcycle, bicycle, or pedestrian.

"The camera(s) and sensors associated with Forward Collision Warning are designed to monitor an approximate area of up to 525 feet (160 meters) in your driving path."

It's not clear why the icon is flashing in the video. Electric car manufacturer Tesla, which has billionaire Elon Musk as its CEO, has been producing vehicles since 2008.

Newsweek reached out to Osornia and Tesla for comment.

File photo of graveyard and Tesla.
A file photo of a graveyard and a Tesla Model X P90D full electric SUV. A driver has shared a video purporting to show a Tesla detecting pedestrians in an empty graveyard. Getty Images/Sjoerd van der Wal / dallasgolden