Automotive, Autopilot, Tesla, Consumer Reports, Jake Fisher, Texas

Automotive, Autopilot

Consumer Reports tricks Tesla to drive with no one at wheel

Consumer Reports tricks Tesla to drive with no one at wheel

22/4/2021 11:48:00 PM

Consumer Reports tricks Tesla to drive with no one at wheel

Consumer Reports said on Thursday (Apr 22) it was able to easily trick a Tesla into driving in the car's Autopilot mode with no one at the wheel.

AdvertisementAdvertisementTesla’s Autopilot partially automated system can keep a car centred in its lane, keep a distance from cars in front of it, and can even change lanes on its own with a driver's consent. But Tesla has said the driver must be ready to intervene at all times.

Taiwan says HK tycoon asset freeze a warning to global investors 19 new community cases in Singapore, including 8 linked to Changi Airport cluster Police investigating woman who allegedly disregarded repeated advice to wear mask at MBS

Consumer Reports said that during several trips on its closed tracks with an empty driver's seat, its Tesla Model Y automatically steered along painted lane lines without acknowledging that nobody was at the controls. The Tesla that crashed outside of Houston over the weekend was a Model S, but also had an Autopilot function.

“In our evaluation, the system not only failed to make sure the driver was paying attention, but it also couldn’t tell if there was a driver there at all,” said Jake Fisher, Consumer Reports' senior director of auto testing, who conducted the experiment. headtopics.com

“Tesla is falling behind other automakers like GM and Ford that, on models with advanced driver assist systems, use technology to make sure the driver is looking at the road.”AdvertisementAdvertisementTesla, which is based in Palo Alto, California, and has disbanded its press office, did not immediately respond to inquiries about Consumer Reports' assertions.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are in the early stages of an investigation into the Texas crash. Local authorities said one man was found in the passenger seat, while another was in the back. The car veered off the road, crashed into a tree and burst into flames, authorities said.

Investigators should be able to determine whether the Tesla’s Autopilot system was in use.Tesla CEO Elon Musk said on Twitter Monday that data logs “recovered so far” show Autopilot wasn’t turned on in the Texas crash, and “Full Self-Driving” was not purchased for the vehicle. He did not respond to reporters’ questions posted on Twitter.

AdvertisementIn the past, NHTSA, which has authority to regulate automakers and seek recalls for defective vehicles, has taken a hands-off approach to regulating partial and fully automated systems for fear of hindering development of promising new features. headtopics.com

Woman being investigated for not wearing a face mask at Marina Bay Sands COVID-19: Changi Airport to segregate flight arrivals from high-risk countries, regions COVID-19: Singapore tightens border measures with Taiwan; Singaporean, PR travellers to serve 21-day stay-home notice

But since March, the agency has stepped up inquiries into Tesla, dispatching teams to three crashes. It has investigated 28 Tesla crashes in the past few years, but thus far has relied on voluntary safety compliance from auto and tech companies.Also on Thursday, Senator Richard Blumenthal and Edward Markey asked federal officials to conduct a thorough investigation of the Texas crash and make recommendations for improving automated driving.

In the Consumer Reports test, Fisher said he engaged Autopilot while the car was in motion on the track, then set the speed dial to zero to stop it. Fisher then affixed a small, weighted chain on the steering wheel to simulate the weight of a driver’s hand. He then slid over into the front passenger seat where he was able to accelerate and decelerate the vehicle.

“The car drove up and down the half-mile lane of our track, repeatedly, never noting that no one was in the driver’s seat, never noting that there was no one touching the steering wheel, never noting there was no weight on the seat,” Fisher said. “It was a bit frightening when we realised how easy it was to defeat the safeguards, which we proved were clearly insufficient.”

Consumer Reports noted the test was performed on its closed track and that “under no circumstances should anyone try” to duplicate it."Let me be clear: Anyone who uses Autopilot on the road without someone in the driver seat is putting themselves and others in imminent danger," Fisher said. headtopics.com

Read more: CNA »

2 influencers face deportation from Bali over painted-on face mask prank

Suggesting to double-check before republishing such a nonsense 🤦‍♂️

Tesla says it appears driver was at the wheel in crashSAN FRANCISCO — Tesla said Monday (April 27) scrutiny of wreckage from a fatal crash in Texas indicates that someone was at the wheel, contrary to an early report that the driver's seat was empty.

Indonesian consumers show growing confidence for first time in a year - central bank surveyIndonesia's consumer confidence index rose to 101.5 in April, from 93.4 a month earlier, indicating optimism returning for the first time in a ...

Indonesian consumers show growing confidence for first time in a year: Central bank surveyJAKARTA: Indonesia's consumer confidence index rose to 101.5 in April, from 93.4 a month earlier, indicating optimism returning for the first time ...

Grosjean to bid Formula One adieu with Mercedes test at French Grand PrixRomain Grosjean, who suffered a terrifying crash in November, will be back at the wheel of a Formula One car for a test with Mercedes at the end ...

Motor racing-Grosjean to test Hamilton's 2019 Mercedes at French GP circuitLONDON: Romain Grosjean will drive a Formula One car for the first time since his fiery crash in Bahrain last November when he tries out Lewis ...