US Transportation Safety has expressed unhappiness with Tesla over a beta version of its “Fully Self Drinving” system. Launched in October 2020, this version would be far from suitable for city driving.
This Tesla system arouses mistrust of the authorities
Elon Musk has repeatedly stated that Tesla vehicles will be soon to be 100% autonomous. Currently, these cars incorporate Autopilot, a semi-autonomous driving mode. It allows acceleration, braking, lane maintenance and parking without human intervention. Tesla recalls, however, that the driver must absolutely stay awake, because the system does not make the automobile completely autonomous. However, the brand believes that the most recent models have the technology necessary to achieve full autonomy.
Despite the many reviews and accidents involving Tesla vehicles quite regularly, Elon Musk launched a beta version of the Fully Self Driving system (fully automated driving) in October 2020. This version concerns volunteers who are members of the Early Access Program from Tesla. According to an article in the CNBC of March 12, 2021, the tests now relate to beta version 8.2, which obviously did not appeal to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). Indeed, this government agency requires greater supervision of the tests carried out by Tesla.
Behavior similar to that of a drunken man
In a post on Twitter, Elon Musk has spoken of remaining vigilant as the version matures. However, the YouTuber AI Addict posted two videos (see end of article) testifying that there is still a long way to go. Images tours in Oakland and San José (United States) show an automobile repeatedly failing to hit obstacles, zigzagging the road and making hazardous lane changes. Worse yet, footage shows the automobile take a wrong way.
Elon Musk is therefore right to evoke vigilance, because for the moment, the behavior ensured by the system looks more like to that of a drunk pilot. In fact, the human driver must regain control of the steering wheel in order to avoid accidents during the tests. In addition, it appears that the system works quite well in rural areas and other areas where traffic is not important. On the other hand, this same system does not excel in denser urban areas.
Visibly aware of the problem, Elon Musk also asserted that it would be necessary withdraw from lax drivers the ability to use version 8.2 of the system. The billionaire also indicated that for the moment, no accident had been deplored.