Findings from a report prove that Tesla's Autopilot is easily tricked
Elon Musk will not be pleased
By now Tesla's Autopilot is getting a bad reputation and it isn't hard to see why. Crashes thanks to Autopilot failures continue to crop up left, right and centre but the most recent one has to be the most scary yet because Autopilot managed to work without a human being in the drivers seat. If you want to know more about the crash then click here.
Do it yourself!
Normally it happens when neither the driver or car are on top of its game but according to Tesla at least the driver should be there to act and if they aren't then the car will pull over and turn on the hazards. Consumer Reports decided to put this claim to the test and the news is grim
A Tesla can easily be tricked into believing a driver is in the seat when in fact they aren't. If you scroll down on the Consumer Reports article attached then you will see how dumb Autopilot really is. All you need is something that puts pressure on the sensors inside the steering wheel and the driver's seatbelt fastened then off it takes you.
However Elon Musk disagrees.
He claims that Autopilot wasn't at fault and that it couldn't be activated on that street. Of course he would say that-it is his own company but he has a history of dishonesty by now. If you want to know about some of these lies then this website is brilliant for reading about those lies.
Lets think about this for a minute. Some random meme lord who is an apocalyptic idiot for bringing Autopilot to the roads thinks he knows better than professionals. He isn't even an enthusiast-he is just saying this for marketing before the stocks collapse.
So what should be done?
GM has a far better take on this. For their Super Cruise system they have cameras to make sure that the drivers are still paying attention but I wouldn't want cameras anytime soon in a Tesla I was in. Another potential option is that they put in some sort of weight measurement in the seat so that the driver must sit there but then they will just put a lump of scrap metal there to fool that too.
Or how about this for an idea? We drive the cars ourselves. That has already seemed to have caught on with the sensible majority on our roads.