Teslas Autopilot is So Good It Can Predict Crashes Brake Early

first_img Software Engineer Embedded Tesla Model 3 Key Fob In ArmTesla EV Catches Fire After Colliding With Tow Truck in Moscow Today in “the robots are coming” news, we have yet more evidence that humans should not be allowed to drive cars… Really ever. We’re awful at it. We can be easily distracted, we don’t get enough sleep, we drink, and we’re just not able to react fast enough. But even Tesla’s Autopilot system, which is one of the least advanced bits of self-driving car software, can predict and adapt to an impending crash.A dash cam video from the Netherlands clearly shows the car reacting to an unseen vehicle braking ahead. It warns the driver of an impending collision and reacts with time to spare, as another car darts ahead and crashes.The wreck is pretty grizzly, with the first vehicle flipping and rolling several times, but Hans Noordsij, the Twitter user who posted the video, said no one was seriously [email protected] Finally the right one. pic.twitter.com/2fspGMUoWf— Hans Noordsij (@HansNoordsij) December 27, 2016This whole thing seems utterly unbelievable because the Tesla is reacting to something that the driver cannot see themselves. Tesla’s Autopilot uses an array of radar and visual sensors to detect its surroundings. According to Elon Musk, it also gives the car something akin to X-ray vision, allowing it to practically see through other vehicles.There’s still a lot of legal issues with Autopilot (who do you hold responsible if the software does cause a wreck, for example?), but this is yet another incredible bit of evidence to prove that these vehicles aren’t just better than humans, they’re better than we could ever be. Unless you install radar sensors in your head or some kind of multi-spectrum analyzer like Geordi La Forge from Star Trek, you cannot possibly match this tech.It’s a sad day for someone like me who genuinely enjoys driving, but when you consider the hundreds of thousands of lives we lose to transportation and car accidents annually across the world, implementing these kinds of systems seems like a moral imperative. And it continues to give me hope that, while human primacy’s days are numbered, maybe that’s not such a bad thing. Stay on targetlast_img read more