A Ford spokesman called Tesla's "Full Self-Driving" package "vaporware" in a dispute with a Tesla investor.
We first realize that some of you may not know what vaporware means so let's look at the official definition: In the computer industry, vaporware is a product, usually hardware or software, that is communicated to the general public but is either slow to release or it is never constructed or officially canceled. The use of the word has expanded to include products such as cars.
Automotive people who make public placements are generally very careful with what they say, especially when it comes to competition, because they are official representatives of the company.
That's why we were surprised to see the disagreement between Mike Levine, Ford North America's communications director, and Ross Gerber, a Tesla investor.
Levine leads Ford communications for cars, trucks, SUVs and electric vehicles in North America, according to his profile on LinkedIn.
Gerber tagged him in a Twitter comment comparing the Mustang Mach-E to the Tesla Model Y, saying that Ford dealers charged extra fees for the new electric SUV.
Levine responded by saying that the media themselves compare Tesla vehicles to Mach-E and that Tesla "approaches" customers with the Full Self-Driving "Vaporware":
In subsequent tweets, Levine offered to help anyone interested in the Mustang Mach-E find another dealer if he was charged extra.
Ford looked at the problem and created one list with dealerships committed to not marking the Mustang Mach-E.
Source of information: electrek.co