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    Tesla on autopilot slams into a firetruck stopped ahead of it

    Looks like the Tesla autopilot system definitely has some bugs that need to be worked out. A Tesla on autopilot slammed into a stopped bright red firetruck on a freeway in Los Angeles. Apparently, the autopilot system is not so good at detecting stopped vehicles when travelling over 50 mph.

    https://www.wired.com/story/tesla-au...y-crash-radar/
    1998 3587 Bayliner, Port Orchard, WA

    #2
    Tesla hasn’t confirmed it was on auto yet, so far it’s just the driver claiming that.
    But, sounds like it’s the same problem that humans have when you follow a vehicle too close and can’t see what’s in front of him. When he goes oh chit and swerves around the stopped car, it’s too late for a human to react. Same problem with the Tesla.
    Until there is a system where all vehicles in proximity of each other are communicating positions and speeds amongst each other, stuff like this will happen.
    Something like AIS that transmits your speed and direction to other vehicles nearby. Then your vehicle would know it’s rapidly approaching a truck that’s stopped. Unless of course it’s an old school analog classic car. The aftermarket could make transmitters that are installable in old vehicles so high tech vehicles could pick them up.
    Esteban
    B-ham!
    Former Bayliners 3218, 2859, 2252, 1952

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      #3
      I have not seen the details on this from Tesla so don't know the details or which AP hardware he had. It is called Autopilot but is really just a fancy cruise control at least in the AP1 cars but this scenario is why I bought the AP software. With traffic aware cruise control (AP) on, the car will come to a complete stop if the car in front of you does but without AP on the collision avoidance system will slow the car but not completely stop it. I have 72000 miles on my Tesla with AP1 hardware since December 2015 and have seen both actions many times. It has kept me from rear ending cars several times.

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        #4
        Technically that’s a fire ENGINE vs fire TRUCK but whose counting.
        Jim Gandee
        1989 3888
        Hino 175's
        Fire Escape
        Fyrflyer@ca.rr.com

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          #5
          Originally posted by green650 View Post
          Until there is a system where all vehicles in proximity of each other are communicating positions and speeds amongst each other, stuff like this will happen.
          Something like AIS that transmits your speed and direction to other vehicles nearby. Then your vehicle would know it’s rapidly approaching a truck that’s stopped. Unless of course it’s an old school analog classic car. The aftermarket could make transmitters that are installable in old vehicles so high tech vehicles could pick them up.
          Or you could, you know, expect the person sitting in the drivers seat to actually pay some semblence of attention when Autopilot is engaged.

          That said, fully agree the tech still has some maturing to do. But considering it was nonexistent 10 years ago....pretty impressive nonetheless.
          Matt Train
          BOC Site Team
          Chicagoland, IL

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            #6
            Originally posted by Download_Complete View Post

            Or you could, you know, expect the person sitting in the drivers seat to actually pay some semblence of attention when Autopilot is engaged.

            That said, fully agree the tech still has some maturing to do. But considering it was nonexistent 10 years ago....pretty impressive nonetheless.
            And hold a human responsible for their actions(or lack of)? Say it isn’t so!
            Because of that train wreck in Seattle, they are pushing for compliance with the NTSB safety requirement for trains speed to be regulated by gps. Because apparently relying on a train engineer to slow a train for turns is too much. How did we survive 20 years ago?
            Esteban
            B-ham!
            Former Bayliners 3218, 2859, 2252, 1952

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