Tesla did not respond to several requests for comment.
Complaints about the FSD kit may pale in comparison to concerns that people are dying from misuse or malfunction in Tesla’s driver-assistance technology. But they point to one thing in common in Tesla’s approach to promoting automation: The company is making promises that other automakers will shrink, and their customers think cars They can do much more on their own than they can actually do.
“One of the downsides of automated technology can be compliance,” said Jason K. Levine, executive director of the Center for Automotive Safety, a nonprofit that has tracked the industry. excessive – people rely on something it might not be able to do. The 1970s.
Other automakers are significantly more cautious when it comes to automation. Companies like General Motors and Toyota offer driver assistance technologies similar to Autopilot and FSD, but they don’t market them as self-driving systems.
Backed by billions of dollars from major automakers and tech giants, companies like Argo, Cruise and Waymo have been developing and testing autonomous vehicles for years. But in the immediate future, they have no intention of selling the technology to consumers. They are designing vehicles that they hope to roll out in certain cities as a ride-hailing service. Think Uber without a driver.
In each city, they started by building a detailed three-dimensional map. First, they fitted ordinary cars with lidar sensors – devices that “detect light and range” to measure distances using pulses of light. As the company’s workers drive these vehicles around the city, sensors collect all the information needed to create a map, pinpointing the distance to every curb, median, and tree line. Street.
The cars then use this map to navigate the roads on their own. They continue to monitor their surroundings using lidar and compare what they see with what the map shows, keeping a close eye on their position in the world.
At the same time, these sensors alert the vehicle to nearby objects, including other vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists. But they don’t do this alone. Additional sensors – including radar and cameras – do much of the same thing. Each sensor provides its own snapshot of what is happening on the road, which can be used to test other sensors.