I’m a big advocate of the technological evolution of the cars, even when this is aimed to the day in which this technology will drivers, sustituyéndonos in one of the tasks that are most satisfying to me generates. But after what we seen in the last few weeks, and after reactions, such as the Consumer Reports, asking Tesla to immediately remove Autopilot in the Tesla Model S and the Tesla Model X, you will be with me in that this option, as a minimum, you should consider. What has been impacientado Tesla at the time of transferring technologies that move us closer to the autonomous car to car street? Should remove Autopilot until the technology is more developed?
1. Autopilot can not be defined, in its own name, such as an autopilot.
Tesla had the bright idea of defining the systems of your car such as an autopilot, that is what it means to end Autopilot. Dodged the definition of autonomous vehicle, but still is marketing a product that does not respond strictly to the actual functionality that you can get Autopilot. That is the big problem, and the great contradiction of Autopilot.
it Is true that the Autopilot is able to perform all the maneuvers they would execute as drivers on the road. The big problem is that to define as the auto-pilot to a system that requires our permanent attention is, as a minimum, an excess. An excess that after what happened in the last few days could pay dearly.
2. Tesla should contain your messages and avoid contradictions.
as befitted Consumer Reports these days, it is not reasonable for Tesla to announce the arrival of their driving aids such as “has reached its auto-pilot”. It is not reasonable, because it is generating an expectation in the client far above the actual result.
But the biggest problem, certainly, is in the contradiction of speaking in these terms to later, to remind us that the driver must remain constantly monitor the driving of your car.
Tesla not only faces the problem, important by the way, you have exceeded your messages, but also to the legal consequences that could lead to those messages in case of severe accidents like the one that we knew these days.
3. The client should not have so much responsibility in their hands (such as delegating the responsibility of driving in the car).
By a lot if you ask your customers to attend to the driving, also when circulating in mode to Autopilot, letting the client select the mode Autopilot and decide if you pay or not attention to driving has been, as a minimum, a daring excessive. Not only because, ex post, occurred an accident. The clearest proof we have it in all the videos that we have seen in the last few months of Autopilot in which the driver engaged in irresponsible practices, and even illegal.
We have seen drivers not attending to the driving as required by Autopilot, and ask for Tesla in its press releases and its user manuals. We have seen drivers that even using Autopilot in sections that are not suitable for this technology.
we Insist on the technology of Tesla is not very different to the one that is already present in products such as the new BMW 7 Series. With the subtle difference that in the BMW, even being aware that their cars could circulate without the intervention of the driver, have taken precautions such as disabling the system if the driver releases a hand from the wheel for a few seconds.
4. Autopilot can be finished, or at least delay, the aspiration of the autonomous car.
The impact of an accident, as we have seen in a Tesla Model S-mode Autopilot, it is so much that could generate a lot of distrust in the customers, and destroy any aspiration to one day accept that our car drive without our intervention. It is something that already came with a warning from a long time ago.
The gravity of the facts is attached to a treatment in many media, from our point of view, is not being right. We recognize that the accident of Autopilot has to be used to reflect on the dilemmas posed by the autonomous car, but usually you are using to connect it directly to a accident of an autonomous vehicle, which is not fair, nor rigorous.
5. No appeal can be made to the condition Beta of the technology to test it in real life.
With a certain hardness, Consumer Reports inflicted toughest to manufacturers, and in particular to Tesla, not to use their customers as guinea pigs. That is to say, a technology that has not been tested suitably to ensure a level of reliability close to 100%, and that presents problems as those mentioned above, can not be put into practice in real-world environments by appealing to the responsibility of the driver.
According to Tesla, those thousands of miles that are already touring your customers in mode, Autopilot will be used to improve its functionality, and its reliability, and therefore create cars with more autonomy, less dependent on the driver.