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  1. S

    Visual AI Robot lawnmower

    I have a parameter based Automower, and there is no way its going to hurt anyone. Sure it can cut grass, but its only designed to cut a tiny amount of grass at a time. It doesn't pick up any of the grass and instead its fed back to the grass. Pros: Saves me time in that it can take care of...
  2. S

    J.D. Power 2022 EV Study Ranks Tesla as #1 DC Fast Charger Brand

    Not surprising at all. I've had more issues with Electrify America charges within the first 2 months of owning a non-Tesla EV than I did in 7 years of Tesla ownership. It's just beyond depressing. Tesla's system is either way more dependable or they're servicing is superior. I have no idea...
  3. S

    Road and Track: “Tesla FSD continues to meltdown/GM Supercruise is near lerfrc

    Ultracruise is essentially FSD, and I expect it to fall right on its face just like FSD. There is no escaping the limitations that L2 has. With city driving everything happens so quickly where a human can't be expected to brunt all the responsibility with so little take over time. Enhanced...
  4. S

    FSD fails to detect children in the road

    Yet, we still wait for 10.13 or I mean 10.69 Whos sole purpose is to pass a test with a known question.
  5. S

    FSD fails to detect children in the road

    That's the context people are missing. People assume AEB on any vehicle will stop for children, but that simply isn't true. AEB systems differ from one system to the next. Some systems are only intended to be a crash mitigation system where they reduce the speed, and I don't think any system...
  6. S

    FSD Beta 10.13

    If I have to back up its because I screwed up. Driving styles will be different depending on what's forced on us, but I can't ever see creeping and then back up on purpose. Maybe if your embodiment is that of a car and you have fixed cameras where you have to move to see. :-)
  7. S

    FSD Beta 10.13

    I fail to understand why you don't see Chucks ULT as something completely different. In previous cases Elon could push gimmicky stuff because it never had to really work. It was basically all style over substance. But, chucks ULT is a very defined case where it either works or it makes the...
  8. S

    CNN denouncing FSD and Tesla

    It also means Hulu promotes gender stereotypes Forhims because all that matters for males is sexual performance Forhers because women suffer from mental health issues I do think its a bit messed up that forhims and forhers is actually the same parent company.
  9. S

    FSD fails to detect children in the road

    But, what would you say your post history is in terms of pro-Tesla news, and Anti-Tesla news? To my recollection just about everything you post is negative so it doesn't really come across as transparent. If I was you I'd try to mix it up to a little less predictable.
  10. S

    CNN denouncing FSD and Tesla

    Is this one of those cases like a rotary phone where young people don't know how it works? Did you stumble upon a TV at the airport, and you're not familiar with how Advertisements work on Live TV?
  11. S

    FSD Beta 10.69

    I'm curious to see if its actually been changed to 10.69 or if it wasn't just humor from Musk, and its staying at 10.13
  12. S

    [UPDATED] 2 die in Tesla crash - NHTSA reports driver seat occupied

    This whole problem stemmed from Tesla adding this capability in the first place. The clear advantage to adding it for everyone is it is made official, and there is a tool the user can use. The clear disadvantage is you've actually added a lot more liability. If this feature doesn't work...
  13. S

    Autonomous Car Progress

    To me this is entirely dependent on the situation. With a high confident L2 system that has proper driver monitoring then hands off freeway L2 driving work well. With less confidence or more traffic then requiring hands on isn't bad. It reduces the time it takes to react to something that might...
  14. S

    False Positive Automatic Emergency Braking at 80mph

    As I understand it you can't simple disable AEB as it renables on the next drive. So you have to disable it every single drive.
  15. S

    Yet another, AP fatality under investigation

    The only numbers that are useful are from companies that have telematics. So Tesla, GM (Supercruise), Rivian, Lucid, and maybe some others. GM is supposedly going to offer Supercruise on a lot of new vehicles, and they're really expanding the mileage of roads it can be used on so I expect to...
  16. S

    Would you buy again FSD today?

    He means Basic AP which is TACC + Lane Steering
  17. S

    Elon: FSD Beta tweets

    Mine was that it would fail to have a 95% success rate, but no one bet against me. The bet was $100 to charity of the winners choosing. Maybe now that Elon has given a goal for this ULT that someone will bet against me. I don't know if I gave an end date, but I figure Sep 30th would be the...
  18. S

    What did you name your Tesla?

    I used Blue Lighting for my 2015 Model S I used Blue Bolt for my 2018 Model 3 Performance I was going to use Blue Thunder for my 2022 Rivian R1T, but Rivian doesn't let you name your vehicle. WTF? Why Rivian? Why? :-(
  19. S

    FSD Beta 10.13

    I would wait to for the details to emerge about the motorcycle accident. You also have to keep in mind that the throttle overrides AP so if you have the throttle engaged you'll run right into something it DOES see.,
  20. S

    FSD Beta 10.13

    But, Tesla's data collection is so massive they could train a neural network to tell a driver to stop picking their nose.
  21. S

    Rivian: Trail repair and recovery video

    They're not even shipping most options and instead they're batching them. The R1T and R1S share so many components that I don't think its preventing high volumes. They also waited a bit to ship the R1S to give the R1T more time to ramp up. The R1T and R1S are also high margin vehicles. The...
  22. S

    Yet another, AP fatality under investigation

    But, if they sped they'd get less than rated range and then they've have to stop to charge. :P This is meant as a joke, but it kept me from speeding as much as I wanted while on a road trip.
  23. S

    FSD Beta 10.13

    It's not phantom breaking when you really need to pee.
  24. S

    FSD Beta 10.13

    I wonder what the civil fines and jail time are for cutting vegetation that gets in the way of doing a right or left. One of these days I'm going to lose it, and I'll be arrested with a chain saw. Maybe have a truck with a deployable side hedger.
  25. S

    Yet another, AP fatality under investigation

    This shows the accidents per million miles was 91% lower for the person driving a Tesla compared to the same person who was driving another car they owned. I could see this being plausible because people put so many miles on the Tesla so the second car is relegated to bad weather, and local...
  26. S

    Elon: FSD Beta tweets

    A lot of this comes down to defining both what you want something to do, and constraints. When both of those are tightly defined Engineers can generally pull off even difficult things given the opportunity to fail, and to try again. The problem with generalized autonomous driving is there are...
  27. S

    Elon: FSD Beta tweets

    I think both of these things are make believe. The Elon didn't know any better is massively charitable to him, and fails to realize that it was really used as a marketing stunt. They didn't just fail to achieve autonomous driving at any level (L3 to L5), but they also failed to have AP/NoA work...
  28. S

    AP/FSD related crashes

    Not sure about that. Spouses and moms are pretty good so I fail to see why a robot can't be just as effective. :-)
  29. S

    AP/FSD related crashes

    I was going off the complaints posted on TMC along with my own N=1 experience. In my own testing it didn't seem to work all that well. Like I could be playing with the screen and it never nagged me or told me to pay attention. I don't think it ever issued a false positive, but was blissfully...
  30. S

    AP/FSD related crashes

    Not to mention the fact that they are the insurance agencies for quite a few of them. Why would you not? I think the real reason is it driver monitoring simply doesn't work well enough to roll it out to the masses.
  31. S

    Rivian: Trail repair and recovery video

    I'm wondering if the driver was all that familiar with driving the Rivian in those situations. In a normal off-road vehicle you don't jam the throttle unless you're like Jeremy Clarkson. You'll likely break things. In a Rivian you do because it will automatically use the motor(s) with...
  32. S

    State Farm Auto Insurance

    I have State Farm on all my vehicles, and my house. I've had them for roughly 25+ years without filling a claim. I had to file a claim this year after some idiot ran into my Sprinter Camper Van while it was parked on a street in Portland. The idiot took off right after they hit it, and didn't...
  33. S

    If ford made the bronco an ev would it sell like mad?

    For this type of vehicle with todays battery technology I'd say the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 4xE is where it's at. Sure it's not a pure EV, but it also doesn't weigh a huge amount. I have a regular Jeep Wrangler Unlimited (Moab edition), and a Rivian R1T. They're both awesome vehicles, but I...
  34. S

    FSD Beta 10.13

    This is a good point, but it also illustrates another problem with the FSD Beta. We're not told what process the reports go through. It's just this opaque process where you have no idea if what you report is being interpreted correctly or how long its even saved for. What I do believe based...
  35. S

    Elon: FSD Beta tweets

    I just don't want people to lose half their lives trying to break out of prison with a plastic spoon. Sure it MIGHT work, but there are better ways.
  36. S

    FSD Beta 10.13

    I must be missing something because I don't see a departure acknowledgement let alone a departure time or gate number. Not even a destination.
  37. S

    FSD Beta 10.13

    This whole bit about Tesla leveraging its customer base to do product testing is way overplayed. For most of us the entire data collection is passive where it collects data when people choose to use it. In the entire history of the FSD Beta only one single person has gotten Tesla's attention...
  38. S

    FSD Beta 10.13

    I think the placement of this camera could be better to see what the traffic is like before the turn. There could be things going on that we simply don't see. The number one rule about turning left (or right) is to expect that someone will do something stupid.
  39. S

    Elon: FSD Beta tweets

    Depends on what HW4 consists of. The discussion was only about HW3 + L4 (city + highway) though. L4 highway using rest stops to switch from robot to human would be pretty sweet. It likely won't happen in the PNW due to rain, and that we love to close rest stops.
  40. S

    Elon: FSD Beta tweets

    I think those humans are called Toddlers. I would expect Elon Musk to be an expert in Toddler behavior, and how unpredictable the little monsters are.
  41. S

    Elon: FSD Beta tweets

    Cost versus safety will always be a huge part of the discussion for the safety requirements for self driving vehicles. Obviously we don't want them costing $250,000, but we don't want them to be running into pedestrians at night either or having detection issues in the rain. The entire...
  42. S

    Elon: FSD Beta tweets

    This comes down to requirements, safety thresholds, and timeline. Whether we determine whether HW3 is capable of delivering. Requirements - For requirements we can use Tesla's original promise for FSD. That it was capable of autonomous driving in most situations that a human was capable of...
  43. S

    Elon: FSD Beta tweets

    We're asking Robots to have a much higher safety threshold than humans. I think its only fair to give them a sensor suite that will help them achieve that. We also might want to consider giving them telepathy while we're at it. Why limit a machine to rudimentary human sensors, and...
  44. S

    FSD Beta 10.13

    For me it includes all of Paris. :) In the entire history of mankind there has never been a better deal than the cost of average Uber ride in Paris.
  45. S

    FSD Beta Running Red Lights While Making Right Turn

    To me its clearly a stop on red, and it even has its own light just for that turn. I know nothing about that intersection so I'd stop on red, and then I'd make sure a right on red was safe. That being said there is a right on red similar to that on my commute home. Whether I come to full stop...
  46. S

    Elon: FSD Beta tweets

    Yeah, I saw the list and I agreed with the list. I would insist though that testing was done at random times to randomize the amount of traffic. I'm very bullish on geofenced autonomous driving, but I'm not bullish on HW3. I don't believe geofencing is a crutch, but a necessary component due...
  47. S

    Elon: FSD Beta tweets

    Tesla absolutely needs to have more paint colors. It's to the point where people don't know which Tesla is there Tesla. In fact if I was buying a Tesla today I'd get a wrap so I knew which one was mine.
  48. S

    Elon: FSD Beta tweets

    But, there was never an A/B test before. Now sure this doesn't come close to that whole Twitter bet. But, Elon trapped himself into a corner by acknowledging Chucks test.
  49. S

    Elon: FSD Beta tweets

    For me the decision was between trading in my 2019 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Moab Edition with the Power Top or the 2018 Model 3 Performance. I didn't think it was worth keeping the Tesla out of curiosity of what would become of FSD beta. But, I really wanted to keep it for the driving dynamics...
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    Elon: FSD Beta tweets

    You can't have that bet as that's exactly my bet.

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