Tesla Users Are Paying for Being The Testers of The Incomplete Autonomous Driving System

Tesla It seeks to make a great leap in autonomous driving systems this year, therefore announced in October 2016 that all their new cars would be manufactured with the new generation of hardware for autonomous driving, known as Hardware 2. However, that car has the equipment does not mean that he is ready to lead autonomously, and here is where comes in the software.

Elon Musk company reported that software updates would be freed from forms gradually via OTA, this because the software is not ready yet. But this was no impediment so a Tesla owners can use it, what turns them into guinea pigs and put them in a scenario of a possible accident.

Thousands of users paying to use software in beta

In May of last year was presented the first case of an accident related to the Autopilot of a Tesla, which resulted in the death of the driver. While authorities found not guilty to Tesla, the debate of if you should call ‘Autopilot’ system which clearly it is not, has been present. Just do a search on YouTube to find us with all kinds of “experiments” that put to the test the Tesla systems.

We all know well that software in beta needs to try to fund to eliminate possible failures with a view to a final release, but when we talk about software for cars things change, as in the case of Tesla, the testers are their own users, What increases the risk of accidents. But that is not all, because these users have to pay between 5,000 and 10,000 dollars for agreeing to the use of the Autopilot, i.e., are paying for using an incomplete system that puts their lives at risk.

Since autonomous driving to the Hardware 2 software was released at the beginning of this year, some users have begun to report serious errors which consist of braking unforeseen, erroneous readings by the system of radars, lane changes of abruptly even with the presence of cars to the sides or sidewalks, among other things. It is a fact that the systems are not yet ready, but that Tesla is reporting that the software is in beta stage and at the same time ask the users sign a waiver of liability It is somewhat contradictory and sometimes dangerous.

Here are some examples of the behavior of the Hardware 2.

Tesla and (far) jump to level 4 of autonomy

The aim which pursues Tesla this year, is that your Autopilot pass level SAE 2 to 4, which means a step before they are in a completely autonomous system. To put some examples, Waymo (Google-Alphabet) and Ford cars have only reached the SAE 4 certification.

Here comes another important factor, since after the fatal accident of 2016, Tesla broke relations with Mobileye, which was the company that supplied the cameras and part of the software for the Autopilot. The Israel-based company argued that they cease working with Tesla “before the security concerns”, Since the company’s Elon Musk was them pressed to change some terms related to the behavior of the Autopilot. While Tesla said that collaboration ended for commercial reasons.

So as the cars manufactured since November of last year because they do not have the technology from Mobileye, therefore they decided to put more cameras, a new system of radars and sensors, all operated by a software developed internally. This has resulted in that some homeowners who have had opportunity to test both systems are mentioning that this new Autopilot is less functional than the Mobileye system.

To this must be added that this new system is permanently collecting data from sensors on all cars, whether or not activated the Autopilot, since the objective is, again, knowing the behavior of vehicles in this new software and so to solve the bugs on the fly.

In order to promote this new technology of autonomous driving, Tesla showed, that same November, a video that shows how your new system, where There are no details tests on public roads or advances on the development of this system, as does the rest of the companies.

To give a final example, just look at the amount of reported hours of autonomous driving between Waymo and Tesla. The Google company declared having made more than 635,000 miles completely autonomous in 2016 only in California, where on 124 occasions the driver had to take control of the vehicle. On the other hand, Tesla declared zero activity in 2015 and only 550 miles in 2016, with the intervention of the driver in 182 cases.