Videos of Tesla 'Full Self-Driving' mode raise concerns for experts
Industry experts have reviewed six videos as part of an investigation into the safety of Tesla's 'Full Self-Driving' mode. The Washington Post, which conducted the research, had each video verified by the Tesla owners who filmed them.
One video shows a vehicle failing to spot tram tracks and driving some way along them before the driver intervened. In another clip, you see a car narrowly missing a pedestrian who started to embark on a crossing.
After studying the videos, some experts concluded that the current 'Full Self-Driving' mode could be dangerous. The experts, including employees at Deepen AI, said there was no simple solution to the problems shown in the footage, especially given the sheer volume of possible scenarios that a vehicle could face.
However, many fans, including those whose videos were used in the analysis, defend the 'Full Self-Driving' beta. As drivers test their cars, they are improving the vehicle's AI. They also believe that by sharing their experiences with Tesla and other self-driving vehicle makers, they can help to enhance the software for others.
Tesla has said that almost 60,000 vehicles in the US now have 'Full Self-Driving' capabilities, and CEO Elon Musk claims that the company has data to prove it is safer than regular driving. This expert analysis commissioned by The Post follows several issues associated with Tesla's autonomous driving technology, with a recall in January down to 'Full Self-Driving mode' and recent reports of 'phantom braking'.
The Washington Post's panel of experts agreed that it would likely be ten years until we have reliable autonomous vehicles based on the current rate of development.