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: Nothing new and closed beta
by henrikmk on Sun 18th Oct 2015 08:56 UTC in reply to "Nothing new and closed beta"
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The Tesla uses the EyeQ3 chipset from Mobileye, which can do a lot more than what Tesla are doing with it now, so it will be interesting to see if they will take full advantage of it. Tesla are the first ones to use it. BMW might be using an older version.

The chipset is clearly meant for longer-duration autonomous driving in cities and on highways. It's fully machine learning.

After watching this presentation, I'm not really sure that Google's lidar approach is the correct one, because it can do things that Google's car can't do:

https://youtu.be/0UzVBTgHqSQ?t=18m13s

It shows that computer vision is basically a solved problem. It can detect a large number of things, and computational performance and camera quality is the remaining issue.

And it matches up with what Musk has said about self-driving.

Their next generation chipset is crazy: Support for 8 cameras and multiple radars and lidars and processing all that input at 30 frames per second.

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