YouTube tries to pull all FSD Beta child crash stunts as one Tesla shop owner tests it on his own son
UPDATE: YouTube has now taken down most videos of Tesla self-driving mode tests on real children, including the ones embedded here.
In order to refute the test setups that show how Tesla's state-of-the-art autonomous driving system doesn't recognize child-sized objects, one auto shop owner used his own son as a living proof of the opposite. He set him in the middle of the road and drove at 35 MPH towards his position, only for the Full Self-Driving Beta software to recognize his son and swerve to avoid him.
There are, of course, many differences among the test setups, as the Tesla import business owner used his relatively tall 11-year-old son, while the FSD fail was demonstrated on much smaller, child-sized mannequins that barely popped over the hood, on a track with cone markings. It's not clear what FSD Beta version was used for Carmine Cupani's test with his son, but there is another video they made with the non-beta Autopilot option engaged, and the Tesla stopped once again.
The original FSD fail test was sponsored by Dan O'Dowd's The Dawn Project, whose Green Hills Software company set it up to popularize "software that never fails and can’t be hacked." Dan O'Dowd has had an ax to grind with Tesla's FSD Beta, calling it the worse commercially available software he's tested and asking Congress to ban it from operation on American streets. That prompted accusations that the FSD Beta software was set to fail in the child dummy crash test, forcing him to release the full uncut video of the undertaking where it can clearly be seen that FSD Beta has been, in fact, engaged during the testing.
Many Tesla fans and investors started doing impromptu tests with real or dummy children to prove him wrong, forcing YouTube to try and pull their videos from the platform, saying that "YouTube doesn’t allow content showing a minor participating in dangerous activities or encouraging minors to do dangerous activities." Apparently, not all of those tests, including the ones on real children, have been purged by YouTube, and people continue with the practice, as can be seen below.