Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Technology We Can't Do Without

I have posted several times in the past about self-driving autonomous vehicles and the benefits of this technology.  Following is a real world situation captured on the dashcam of a Tesla Motors vehicle equipped with its Autopilot Forward Collision Avoidance Radar.  One of the main features enabled by the new radar processing capacity is the ability for the system to see ahead of the car in front of you and basically track two cars ahead on the road. The radar is able to bounce underneath or around the vehicle in front and see where the driver potentially cannot because the leading vehicle is obstructing the view.

In the video below, you can hear the Tesla Autopilot’s Forward Collision Warning sending out an alert for seemingly no reason, but a fraction of a second later you understand why when the vehicle in front of the Tesla crashes into an SUV that wasn’t visible from the standpoint of the Tesla driver, but apparently it was for the Autopilot’s radar.

What is most impressive is that fact that you can clearly hear the Forward Collision Warning alert before the lead vehicle even applied the brake, which shows that the Autopilot wasn’t only using the lead vehicle to plan the path, but also the vehicle in front of it – the black SUV.

The driver of the Tesla also reported that Autopilot started braking before he could apply the brakes himself.

Thank you "Electrek"

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