Tesla fans are willing to put children at risk in defense of self-driving

Tesla fans are willing to put children at risk in defense of self-driving

To prove that Tesla Autonomous Driving (FSD) doesn’t crush kids, as some are trying to convince it, fans of the brand are asking parents to “lend” their kids to prove it.

How do we get to a funny situation? A Tesla fan is seriously asking parents on Twitter to “lend” their childTo prove that a self-driving Tesla wouldn’t crush them? Apparently, in the United States, the idea is divided. Some fans of the brand are so confident in the fully autonomous driving that Tesla has developed that they are willing to give it a try, with the risks involved. This is very disturbing.

How did we get to this situation?

It was the first video of a TV campaign, broadcast on August 9, 2022 and then taken up by some media, which got users of Tesla’s self-driving, called fully autonomous driving, reacting. This video showed that despite numerous attempts, the doll representing a child was systematically beaten by a self-driving Tesla. This demonstration immediately raised concerns about the danger of self-driving, another one to add to the long list of criticisms of autopilot and fully autonomous driving.

The most frequent users of the FSD system quickly protested against this video, considered fake news, and proceeded to demonstrate that autonomous driving detected pedestrians, including children, very well in various configurations.

They began to show a cardboard silhouette that Tesla slowed down when it detected the obstacle. They also photographed Other scenes from daily life in the traffic jam of San Franciscopublished on August 10, confirms that the car detected and slowed well in the presence of a potential danger coming from a moving pedestrian.

And in order to proceed with the demonstration, they told themselves that it would be necessary to take the test with real children. So they made an announcement on Twitter.

Tests that prove nothing but Tesla’s blindness

Those who follow social networks, forums and other media have already noticed that by criticizing Tesla, one offers oneself to unleash the passion of fans of the brand. This is not limited to Tesla, but the enthusiasm of some is still very palpable and at times very disturbing.

The fact that the Tesla stops well, by detecting the child during FSD self-driving, does not mean that in 100% of the situations, this will be the case. Do we need to remind you that it still happens that Tesla hasn’t spotted some obstacles that are much bigger and less so than mobility? However, there are several self-driving test videos for full self-driving, in which we see the owner have to take back control.

The system has evolved a lot since its inception, but it is not without flaws, especially in environments where the car has to coexist with a lot of elements to analyze.

The two camps are opposed to each other, between anti-FSD, who want to ban the system, and pro-FSD, willing to do anything to make people believe that the system is perfect. The truth certainly lies between the two. Let’s just hope that supporters of FSD, in their quest to prove the effectiveness of the system, do not end up creating a drama of overconfidence in technology.

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