When Will Autopilot be Fully Trustworthy? (Video)
Video Reveals Autopilot May Not be so Bulletproof
Are we really ready for cars to take control? This question is likely on the mind of investors and manufacturers alike who are pouring money into the development of automotive autopilot systems. Volvo and Tesla are the two biggest names in this niche as of yet with Tesla having Autopilot installed on a good amount of its vehicles.
Tesla, of course, claims that the Autopilot system is incredibly safe. Safe as it may be, we see in the video below just how easy an accident could still happen even with all of those sensors looking out for the occupants of the car.
Not only does the video teach us that Autopilot is still not 100% effective, it also teaches us that even with autopilot turned on we should still be fully aware of our surroundings. The video depicts a driver showing off his Tesla’s ability to self-drive when a Ford Escape changes lanes and pulls out in front of the Tesla. In a bid to not die, the driver quickly swerves to narrowly avoid the Escape at high speeds.
What Have We Learned About Autopilot?
While we aren’t entirely familiar with the bongs and beeps made by Tesla’s Autopilot system, it did seem as though the vehicle started braking shortly before the Escape cuts the driver off. Since we can’t actually be sure that the Autopilot wouldn’t have reacted because the driver took control, it’s tough to say whether or not Autopilot can do its job as well as it needs to be able to. This doesn’t come as much of a surprise, however, when we consider the fact that we are only at a 2 on a scale of 0-5 in terms of full automotive autonomy.
Despite basically every being publicized and scrutinized, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that the Autopilot feature actually and commended Tesla on its incredibly safe and structurally sound design.
What are your thoughts on autopilot systems; would you trust them? If not, when do you think you will? Do you own a car with an autopilot system? If so, how often do you use the feature? Let us know in the comments below.