Mannerism: Driverless Or Reckless? Elon Musk is saying he will have fully autonomous cars for sale next year. The industry is sceptical.
‘I could be wrong, but it appears to be the case that Tesla is vastly ahead of everyone,’ Musk is quoted as saying.
Tesla seems to have avoided the data gathering process on driverless car performance put in place by the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).
In a letter from Tesla’s lawyer to the DMV it is stated:
“For Reporting Year 2018, Tesla did not test any vehicles on public roads in California in autonomous mode or operate any autonomous vehicles, as defined by California law. As such, the Company did not experience any autonomous mode disengagements as part of the Autonomous Vehicle Tester Program in California.’
Other US States are said to be less stringent in their requirements for monitoring driverless car performance
Musk says that Tesla has a computer costing $5,000 (or $7,000 if retrofitted) which will deliver full autonomy aided by eight cameras that cover 360 degrees, front-facing radar and short-range ultrasonic sensors.
The Tesla cars will not use Lidar which most companies developing autonomous cars are regard as essential.
Most of those engaged in the engineering of autonomous driving vehicles are pointing to 2030-40 as when the technology may be ready.
Whatever the actual stage of Tesla’s technology, people fear that Tesla’s claims for it will encourage buyers of Tesla cars to put too much trust in the tech and that deaths will result.