In this news, we discuss the Explainer: Tesla’s self-driving ambitions get a reboot.
FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Tesla Inc. TSLA.O chief executive Elon Musk tweeted on Tuesday evening that the electric car maker will be rolling out a new version of its Full Self Driving software, the California-based company’s latest attempt to tout the autonomous driving.
Tesla’s “Full Self Driving” software would be an important source of revenue once fully rolled out. Tesla owners paid $ 8,000 up front in hopes of eventually receiving the upgrade. In the second quarter alone, Tesla recognized $ 48 million in deferred FSD revenue. Tesla is releasing its third quarter results after the New York market closed on Wednesday.
WHAT DOES “SELF-DRIVING” MEAN?
The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) and most automakers define five levels of automation here. Levels 0 to 2 include features such as automated braking systems (ABS) and lane departure warnings that must be supervised by a driver. Responsibility for the behavior of the vehicle lies with the vehicle owner rather than the manufacturer.
Several automakers say they are ready to deploy Level 3 systems that automate highway driving, but require drivers to remain ready to take control.
IS TESLA CAPABLE OF AUTONOMOUS DRIVING ANYWHERE?
No. Tesla said his system can only work on highways.
Tesla’s autopilot has been criticized by the National Transportation Safety Board for allowing drivers to divert their attention from the road, resulting in fatal crashes.
European New Car Assessment Program (Euro NCAP) crash test officials gave Tesla’s Model 3 a ‘moderate’ rating here and said the name autopilot is inappropriate as it suggests automation complete.
German courts have banned Tesla from repeating misleading claims about the car’s autonomous driving abilities.
The United States’ National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which awarded Tesla the highest safety score for occupant safety, has investigated 15 crashes since 2016 involving Tesla vehicles equipped with an autopilot.
WHEN WILL TESLA LAUNCH ROBOTAXIS?
In April 2019, Musk said fleets of autonomous robot taxis would be on the roads by 2020.
On September 22, 2020, during the company’s “Battery Day” presentation, Musk admitted that Autopilot software was undergoing a “fundamental rewrite”.
WHAT SYSTEM IS TESLA CURRENTLY USING?
Tesla uses eight cameras, radars and ultrasonic sensors to help its vehicles navigate the streets. He chose not to use Lidar, a sensor that Audi and Mercedes say is essential for corroborating information gathered by cameras. “Anyone who relies on Lidar is doomed. Doomed, ”Musk said last year.
HOW IS SELF-DRIVING TECHNOLOGY REGULATED?
Technology to automate driving, parking and highway navigation in multi-stop traffic is deployed in the absence of industry-wide standards.
Article 8 of the 1968 Convention on Road Traffic states: “Every driver must at all times be able to control his vehicle or guide his animals.”
Lawmakers around the world have struggled to incorporate a little-noticed amendment to the United Nations Convention on Road Traffic agreed in 2014 into national rules. This would allow drivers to take their hands off the wheel of self-driving cars.
The US states of Nevada and Arizona have passed laws to allow self-driving vehicle testing. Alphabet Inc.’s GOOGL.O Google tested a car in Nevada in 2012 and announced in October that it would begin offering rides to the public in robotaxi minivans in Phoenix.
California also allows limited testing of autonomous, driverless vehicles.
Mercedes-Benz is now preparing to launch a Level 3 system in Germany next year, once German law allows drivers to take their hands off the wheel for long periods of time.
Reporting by Edward Taylor in Frankfurt; Edited by Matthew Lewis
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