Elon Musk promises safe sleep at the wheel by the end of 2020February 25, 2019
While leading auto companies admit that the topic of UAVs was somewhat overheated, and postponed the start of production of autonomous cars, Tesla promises to bring its autopilot to perfection in the next two years. But it will be impossible to use it ..
Tesla can rightly be called the pioneer of autopilot implementation, but, unfortunately, implementation is uneven: in May 2016, in Florida, the electric driver Tesla Model S died in the autopilot mode, who stopped following the expensive driver Joshua Brown. Automatic did not recognize the truck crossing the road and sent the car directly under the semi-trailer. According to the instructions, the driver could not be distracted from the road and should have been ready to take control at any time, but if the car drives itself, then, of course, there is a great chance to “score” on management, and many do so without realizing the risks. The web is full of carefree videos on autopilot and even people sleeping behind the wheel, but in some cases, it must be admitted, the autopilot saved lives: drive unconscious drivers to the hospital or just skillfully coped with an emergency, that is, avoided accidents. The California State Department of Transportation after the incident with Joshua Brown banned automakers from using the word “autopilot” in describing their “driver assistance systems” so that consumers do not have any illusions, and Tesla still avoids tests of autonomous cars in its own state.
Despite criticism and skepticism from motorists and experts, since autumn 2016, Tesla has been supplying its electric vehicles with a set of equipment necessary for fully unmanned driving (levels 4 and 5 according to SAE classification): all-round cameras, ultrasonic sensors “in a circle” and frontal radar (Tesla lidar stubbornly ignores). So far, all this hardware is not working at full capacity, since, on the one hand, the manufacturer has not yet completed the development of a control program, and on the other hand, road legislation is not ready for the emergence of commercial UAVs. The other day, Elon Musk said that the program will be ready by the end of this year – the words of the head of Tesla company quoted Fortune magazine:
“This year, the car will be able to find you in the parking lot, pick it up and deliver to your destination without any interference.”
As for safe sleep in a car driven by artificial intelligence, this option, according to Mask, will appear by the end of next year. Dreams Come True? Not really. Musk warned that the activation of a completely unmanned mode may be postponed due to the requirement of the authorities, that is, the unavailability of all the same legislation. Back in the mid-10s of this century, automakers had the illusion that the governments of all advanced countries would harmoniously and energetically write the rules for operating UAVs, but the matter was stalled due to the impossibility of resolving key ethical questions: who in the event of an accident will be responsible for the death of people and the material damage, as well as artificial intelligence will choose victims in accidents that cannot be avoided. In theory, such accidents should not be in principle, since all the drones will be connected to the neural network, which itself will resolve everything. But it is obvious that it is impossible to instantly translate the motor transport of the whole world (and even one city) into an unmanned mode, which means there must be a certain transitional period when drones will coexist with cars driven by people on the roads and formalize the human factor in this neighborhood does not exceed.
In November, Ford sharply pessimized its drone development program and disavowed the promise to launch a drone without a steering wheel and pedals by 2021, and German automakers generally postponed drones indefinitely, deciding to concentrate efforts on electric vehicles in the next ten years. As for the autopilot, he will at best assist the driver in the next ten years, and this, as the Euro NCAP tests show, is still doing poorly. In general, it seems that Tesla wants to release an unmanned “spherical horse in a vacuum” – interesting, of course, but somehow meaningless.
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