Amazing : causing great surprise or wonder; astonishing. Very impressive; excellent.
We believe Tesla S is the safest car on the roads today, it has been awarded 5-star safety rating from both European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), not just overall, but in every subcategory without exception. Approximately one percent of all cars tested by the federal government achieve 5 stars across the board.
Tesla’s greatest strength is in avoiding the accidents! Yes autopilot is amazing, yet there are some misunderstandings about the term Autopilot and what it can and can’t do. In this post we want to clarify a few misconceptions!
Can it avoid side collisions on vehicles incoming from a blind spot? See for yourself how wonderfully the recently improved Autosteer works!
Can it avoid a collision by braking before an accident even happens? Watch this:
Version 8.0 included huge changes to how the object detection system works, using radar to help detect things that might not get picked up by the camera vision sensors on the vehicle.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk said that Autopilot will cut accidents by roughly 50% and the latest update provided safety improvements by a factor of three over the existing system. Tesla was able to develop these improvements all in-house in the absence of MobileEye using improved ‘smart radar’ technology and data collected through its fleet learning program. Contrary to speculation that Tesla might be considering the use of LIDAR technology, Musk reassured press that its radar hardware is becoming the primary tech for Autopilot as opposed to serve as a supplemental set of sensors to the vehicle’s onboard cameras.
So: Autopilot is a truly set of amazing features!
And is as simple to activate in a Tesla S as a flick of a switch.
Surely you have noticed that both Autosteer and Summon features are indicated as in BETA.
Beta phase generally begins when the software is feature complete but likely to contain a number of known or unknown bugs.
Should we put the safety of our customers in the hands of a BETA feature? Obviously not!
Do we feel safe in using it? We definitely do! And we are always happy to demonstrate it and make use of it whenever our passengers request it, often! But we never allow ourselves to get distracted or let go of the steering wheel!
In fact, the software is designed in such way that the driver can let go of the wheel for just a few seconds before the vehicle starts issuing warnings; if the driver ignores these, eventually the car will bring itself to a stop.
On the 19th of January 2017 the U.S. chief auto safety regulator essentially cleared Tesla Motors Inc.’s Autopilot system of fault in a fatal 2016 crash.
The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration cleared Tesla Motors found that the owner of a Tesla Motors Inc. Model S sedan that drove itself into the side of a truck in May  had ignored the manufacturer’s warnings to maintain control even while using the driver-assist function. The agency said it found no defect in the vehicle and wouldn’t issue a recall.
The finding concludes NHTSA’s first investigation into the role played by automated driving systems in a fatal crash. It was a win for not only for Tesla but for companies from General Motors Co. to Alphabet Inc.’s Google that have invested billions of dollars in what they see as the future of personal transportation. Safety regulators, too. have backed the nascent industry, giving it the flexibility to develop products that they think could greatly reduce highway deaths.
NHTSA didn’t completely absolve self-driving technologies. The agency drew several observations about the limits of automated driver-aids and the risks associated with how drivers use them.
So-called Level 2 automated driver systems like Tesla’s Autopilot, which provide automated driving functions in limited circumstances, continue to require a driver’s “full attention,” Thomas said. [Bloomberg]
That’s says it all: issues don’t arise from the automation, but from the drivers distractions.
Here plenty of reasons to say goodbye to distractions!
The Eno Center for Transportation, a think tank, notes that “driver error is believed to be the main reason behind over 90 percent of all crashes” with drunk driving, distracted drivers, failure to remain in one lane and falling to yield the right of way the main causes.
Because the majority of these accidents are caused by human error, self-driving cars could potentially reduce the rate of automobile-related deaths—and save the U.S. over $400 billion (2 percent of the U.S. GDP) in total annual costs of accidents.
“In theory, if you have 100 percent fully autonomous vehicles on the road,” Hagemann says, “while you still might have accidents on the margin in rare situations, you’re basically looking at anywhere from a 95 to 99.99 percent reduction in total fatalities and injuries on the road.” [Techtimes]
And this brings us to fully autonomous driverless cars.
As a matter of fact Tesla released last October a video of a fully autonomous Tesla model X and announced that from that moment on all of its electric cars will be built with the components required to turn them into fully autonomous vehicles at a later date: eight cameras, 12 ultrasonars and radar.
The technology for fully autonomous vehicles will take longer to mature than expected. The complexity of the task will turn out to be a huge challenge. The requirement for a human driver to be present will be with us for a long time.
Drivers will be – and feel – more in control, but the industry will have taken a small step back from fully autonomous driving.
Accidents like the Tesla crash, will continue to cause consternation, even while routine car crashes (1,732 reported road deaths in the UK in 2015) barely make the headlines.
In the longer term, even if they solve the technical challenges, self-driving cars will only take off if carmakers learn the lessons of the airline industry: when your customers aren’t in control, you have to keep them very safe indeed. [Nesta]
But the advantages brought to the world by autonomous cars are much greater than an easy ride.
Finally: we invite you to look ahead to a bright future and rest assured that your safety is in good hands with Gooder Tesla Chauffeurs.