Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 14th Oct 2015 23:19 UTC
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This isn't a fully autonomous vehicle in the vein of a Google car, though - the primary feature is what Tesla calls Autosteer, which keeps the car in its current lane once you're already on the road and manages speed and distance from the car ahead. On the call, Elon Musk was careful to call out Autosteer as a "beta" feature - drivers are told to keep their hands on the wheel, even when the function is engaged. "We want people to be quite careful" at first, Musk said, while admitting that "some people" may take their hands off the wheel regardless. "We do not advise that," he added. An upcoming version 7.1 will add the ability to send the car off to a garage on its own and come back to pick you up, another feature teased when Musk first announced autopilot capabilities last year.

Am I the only one who feels a little uncomfortable about a function like this being designated 'beta', but still sent to every Tesla driver? People - including myself, and yes, even Tesla drivers - are idiots, and I don't trust them to follow Musk's advice at all.

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RE: free publicity
by Anon on Thu 15th Oct 2015 08:07 UTC in reply to "free publicity"
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No quite. I worked at Rio Tinto until recently, whilst they are working towards fully autonomous, their trucks in the Pilbara of Western Australia are currently driven from a large office of drivers near the Perth Airport!

Remote controlled with GPS pre-defined driving paths and tracking for the boring bits.

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RE[2]: free publicity
by unclefester on Thu 15th Oct 2015 10:27 in reply to "RE: free publicity"
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No quite. I worked at Rio Tinto until recently, whilst they are working towards fully autonomous, their trucks in the Pilbara of Western Australia are currently driven from a large office of drivers near the Perth Airport!

Remote controlled with GPS pre-defined driving paths and tracking for the boring bits.



"Mining company Rio Tinto uses huge self-automated trucks on mines in the Pilbara region of Western Australia that are programmed to drive themselves and navigate mine roads and intersections using sensors, GPS, and radar guidance systems. The trucks self-drive but are overseen by a controller in Perth, 1800 kilometres away."

http://www.theage.com.au/it-pro/business-it/forget-selfdriving-goog...

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