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Related: "Stop This Nonsense": Tesla's Autopilot and Its Problems With Stationary Object Detection


Tesla vehicles on Autopilot seem to be hitting a lot of big, obvious, unmoving objects. An expert opinion on what may be the cause and what should be done.
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The New England Motor Press and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), recently convened a symposium on autonomous driving systems that brought together leading experts in the field. The presentations and panel discussions were very informative and provided the media with a detailed look behind the curtain at what the current state of the art is. One expert from Nvidia gave a detailed overview of how autonomous driving systems are programmed to detect and then react to small objects. One example was a seagull. Presently, there are self-driving system in operation on public roads than can see a seagull, and know how to react to it given real-time options. Yet, a Tesla Model S costing up to $160K can't detect a firetruck ahead and avoid it or stop before hitting it.
Full story at Torque News.
 
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