Ubergizmo argued that it's unlikely that Tesla's cars can suddenly be transformed into fully autonomous vehicles and that term could simply be a fancy marketing term for new features as opposed to its literal meaning. Autopilot resources, he said, had so far "rightly focused entirely on safety".
Tesla's cars will in August suddenly activate "full self-driving features", the company's chief executive Elon Musk tweeted on Sunday, three days after federal investigators said a Tesla SUV driving semi-autonomously had accelerated over 70 miles per hour and smashed into a highway barrier.
But Tesla has shared little about how it has tested these features, Friedman said, adding that the treating of self-driving capabilities as easy software updates could have deadly results.
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The key words in Musk's tweet are "begin to enable".
While Tesla is selling a full self-driving package, that does not mean that consumers will be able to use it immediately.
To keep the vehicle completely electric, Tesla would have to find a way around rocket fuels-and if we are to believe Musk, they already have. The driver followed them until taking his hands off the wheel again.
The lack of evasive efforts suggests inattentive behavior on the part of the driver, or that perhaps he was incapacitated, said Bryan Reimer, a research scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who studies driver safety and vehicle automation.
The idea is strongly supported by labor unions which has been trying to make inroads in the Tesla factory.
"All aspects of the crash remain under investigation as the NTSB determines the probable cause, with the intent of issuing safety recommendations to prevent similar crashes". The private space exploration company was also founded by Musk.
Musk said that the autopilot issue during lane-merging is better in the current software and would be fully fixed in the August update.
As to the benefits, Musk noted that "these rocket engines dramatically improve acceleration, top speed, braking & cornering".
Tesla wouldn't say if the system performed as designed. But there still some limitations and rules and regulations on self-driving vehicles while on public roads.