Self-Driving Cars

Tesla’s Full Self Driving Beta Crashed

On Friday, November 12, The Verge reported to us that Tesla’s new driver assistance feature, Full Self Driving (FSD), caused an accident a few days ago. The facts would have taken place on November 3, 2021 in Brea, a city southeast of Los Angeles. The FSD beta was activated on a Tesla Model Y when it collided with a car on the driver’s side.

Fortunately, no deaths are to be deplored but the vehicle would have been seriously damaged. As a reminder, Tesla has decided to have its driver assistance software tested by owners of untrained vehicles. The software, still in beta version, was thus deployed on the public highway. This sparked several criticisms and controversies.

Tesla Model Y
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Previously, the automaker has already had to make several software updates on Full Self Driving in order to upgrade the system while fixing software bugs.

FSD beta gets mixed reviews

Tesla owners have already uploaded numerous video clips showing their cars with the beta of FSD mode enabled. While some clips show the driver assistance system doing quite well in fairly complex driving scenarios, other videos have shown the car drifting into the wrong lane or making other serious mistakes. This is precisely what happened in this incident.

According to The Verge, it appears that the incident report was written by the owner of Model Y. The latter wrote in his report that “ the vehicle was in FSD beta mode and while turning left the car entered the wrong lane and I was struck by another driver in the lane beside my lane. »

The car persisted in the wrong lane despite the driver’s intervention

The driver continued his report adding that he had tried to turn the steering wheel to avoid entering the wrong lane but the car took control of itself and persisted in the wrong lane creating a dangerous maneuver. putting everyone at risk. He adds that “ the car is badly damaged on the driver’s side ».

As a reminder, the FSD is not an autonomous driving system. So Tesla warned its drivers to stay alert and keep their eyes on the road and their hands on the wheel. Tesla’s automated driving system is currently at Level 2 in the Society of Automotive Engineers taxonomy.

For information, it is only at level 5 that the car can drive anywhere, under any condition and without the need for human supervision. In the meantime, this accident has been reported to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) which is already conducting several investigations into Tesla’s autopilot system.

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Tesla owners have already uploaded numerous video clips showing their cars with the beta of FSD mode enabled. While some clips show the driver assistance system doing quite well in fairly complex driving scenarios, other videos have shown the car drifting into the wrong lane or making other serious mistakes. This is precisely what happened in this incident.

Source: https://globalhappenings.com/technology/40453.html

Donovan Larsen

Donovan is a columnist and associate editor at the Dark News. He has written on everything from the politics to diversity issues in the workplace.

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