Re this: “I’d estimate that Autopilot classified ~30% of other cars, and 1% of bicyclists. Not being able to classify objects doesn’t mean the tesla doesn’t see that something is there, but given the lives at stake, we recommend that people NEVER USE TESLA AUTOPILOT AROUND BICYCLISTS!” Did you have any encounters with pedestrians while driving in Autopilot mode? Did the Tesla know what they are? It sounds to me—and I think you meant to imply this—as if the car recognizes and presumably avoids many discrete objects without being able to classify all of them. I share your anxiety about cyclists, in part because I am one, but I wonder how important the car’s ability to classify things is. Does it use this to predict an object’s possible behavior?
Regardless, I enjoyed your evaluation of Tesla Autopilot. It was more informative in a brief way than other accounts I’ve read.