The Tesla Autonomy Day last week Monday April 22 was an interesting affair. Two things are clear. The fact that Elon Musk has an inspiring vision is an understatement. And, that his predicted timelines for full self-driving (FSD) are credible is somewhat of a stretch.
Rather than the softball ones lobbied by the analysts, questions I would have liked to see answered:
There are several good reasons why Tesla AutoPilot requires hands on the wheel at all times. Scenarios that the AI cannot handle yet are:
Humans have been driving automobiles for well over a century. I myself have over 2 decades of experience under my belt. In all this time, we have taught ourselves to drive hours at a stretch, tweaking the experience over months, years and decades. An hour long daily commute can happen largely on auto-pilot, without needing much exertion.
Enter the Tesla Autopilot. Introduced 5 years ago, almost 200,000 cars have collectively driven 1.2 billion miles on Autopilot. 6 months ago I got my Model S 100D. And every week since, I have been getting more comfortable with the Autopilot features.
Director of Engineering at Cisco Webex Intelligence