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  1. diplomat33

    Zeekr001 to use Quilin batteries and offer 1000 km range!

    I feel like this is good news for EV range. Battery tech is getting seriously good IMO.
  2. diplomat33

    Get rid of Level 5!!!

    Great video by an AV engineer on why we should get rid of Level 5. He argues that L5 does not make sense. L5 is redundant since L4 is already full autonomy. L4 does all the driving tasks without a human. Furthermore, people think L5 means "FSD everywhere with no limitations" but actually SAE...
  3. diplomat33

    Weird charge port issue

    I am having this issue with the charge port. The little notch inside that holds the charger keeps moving and clicking on its own when I open the charge port. I made a short video of the issue. I put in service request. I will see what Tesla Service Center does.
  4. diplomat33

    Question about door handle upgrade from Evannex

    I saw Evannex is selling these door handle upgrades for the Model 3: https://evannex.com/products/door-handle-upgrade-for-tesla-model-3-and-model-y They are designed to make the door handles easier to grip and avoid frozen door handle problem in the winter. They look really nice and...
  5. diplomat33

    Poll: Why do you support autonomous driving?

    I am curious: why do you want autonomous driving? For me, I think the main reason is safety. Driving is risky and can be stressful. Even if you are attentive, you can still get into an accident because of another bad driver. We see so many accidents per year, often with tragic results. It would...
  6. diplomat33

    My first accident

    I got into my first accident. I was in a hurry and backed out of my driveway fast without looking and hit a car that was passing by on the residential lane. As you can see the rear of the car suffered significant damage. I did not suffer any injury. I am sad for my car. Hopefully the Tesla...
  7. diplomat33

    Lucid will use Nvidia for their Dream Drive ADAS

    Lucid announced that the DreamDrive ADAS will use the Nvidia Drive Hyperion platform: https://blogs.nvidia.com/blog/2022/03/22/lucid-motors-intelligent-evs-nvidia-drive I was curious how Lucid would go and it appears they are going with Nvidia. Photo: Lucid Motors
  8. diplomat33

    Cool Voice AI that helps with navigation and driver assist

    I think this is pretty cool. Mitsubishi is working on a system that combines the computer vision that is used in self-driving cars with natural language AI so it can speak to the driver and help them navigate and drive. It is called "scene aware interaction technology". It can give navigation...
  9. diplomat33

    FSD Beta stops short of my destination

    I noticed that when FSD Beta reaches the destination in the nav, the car just comes to a complete stop. The problem is the destination in the nav is still outside the actual destination. For example, when I enter Meijer's in the nav, FSD Beta will say I arrived at my destination and come to a...
  10. diplomat33

    Elon's update on Dojo (Earnings Call)

    Elon had a few things to say about Dojo during the Earnings Call today: Elon seems to be really downplaying Dojo in his answer, basically saying that he hopes Dojo will be better but he is not really sure when. He even says that Dojo is not needed for FSD.
  11. diplomat33

    Tesla says there are 60,000 FSD Beta testers now

    From the shareholder deck that was just released for the earnings call later today, Tesla says that there are now 60,000 FSD beta testers: Earnings Call Release I am very pleasantly surprised. That number is higher that I thought it would be.
  12. diplomat33

    IIHS implementing new safeguard rating for advanced driver assist systems

    Saw this news that IIHS is implementing a new safeguard rating for advanced driver assist systems like Autopilot, SuperCruise etc... Here is the key part: https://www.iihs.org/news/detail/iihs-creates-safeguard-ratings-for-partial-automation
  13. diplomat33

    CA DMV "revisiting" approach towards Tesla FSD

    https://www.latimes.com/business/story/2022-01-11/dmv-message-to-legislatures-ontesla-full-self-driving-safety-its-not-our-job Looks like CA DMV may close the "L2 loophole" and treat FSD Beta as autonomous and require Tesla to report disengagements etc...
  14. diplomat33

    Road markings make a HUGE difference: positive FSD Beta report

    There is an intersection I take that they recently repaved but had not repainted all the lane markings yet. When you approach the intersection, the two lanes become left turn only and there is a third right turn only lane that appears on the right side of the road. There are overhead turn only...
  15. diplomat33

    Behavior competencies for autonomous vehicles

    The Automated Vehicle Safety Consortium just published a best practices paper called "AVSC Best Practice for Evaluation of Behavioral Competencies for Automated Driving System Dedicated Vehicles (ADS-DVs)" In it they have a nice table of the elemental set of behavior competencies that companies...
  16. diplomat33

    Rumor: HW4 will have 13 cameras

    It's an unsubstantiated rumor at this point so take it with a big grain of salt. But do we believe it? I think it has a ring of truth to it. It would make sense for Tesla to upgrade the cameras at some point. Furthermore, other companies like Mobileye are using 12 cameras. So I could definitely...
  17. diplomat33

    First FSD Beta accident?

    Saw this NHTSA report on Twitter: I believe there was an accident since we have a report to the NHTSA but the details of what happened sound suspicious to me. If the driver tried to turn the wheel, it should have disengaged FSD and gone back into TACC only where the driver would be in control...
  18. diplomat33

    Hertz buying 100,000 Teslas

    I think the Hertz deal is more likely to be the reason for TSLA jumping 5%. Investors care more about a multi billion dollar deal than they do about a software patch going out.
  19. diplomat33

    Study: Men, urban dwellers, Millennials more excited about AVs

    Independent global research firm, Arlington Research conducted a study with 2,000 U.S. adults (aged 18+) with nationally representative quotas set on gender, age and region at a country-wide level. Research was conducted in 2021 using an online methodology. The study found that a lot of people...
  20. diplomat33

    Tesla Insurance offering "autonomous vehicle protection package"

    From the Tesla Insurance page: https://www.tesla.com/support/insurance It says the package includes liability protection. So does it protect the Tesla owner if the car gets into an accident while on FSD Beta?
  21. diplomat33

    Will the "Model 2" have a steering wheel and pedals?

    According to this tweet about the Tesla employee meeting, Elon said that he is considering the "Model 2" not having a steering wheel or pedals. So I thought we could do a poll: will the "Model 2" have a steering wheel and pedals? Also, I am putting "Model 2" in quotes because Elon has said that...
  22. diplomat33

    It's not just Tesla: other ADAS systems can also be fooled!

    Car and Driver tested the L2 ADAS systems from other manufacturers and found that their driver monitoring can be tricked as well. It's not just Tesla that has this problem. Here is the full article: https://www.caranddriver.com/news/a37260363/driver-assist-systems-tested/ Here is the video...
  23. diplomat33

    Tesla mobile app redesign coming

    Looks like Tesla is redesigning the mobile app, adding some slicker animations and adding direct access to the Tesla shop: https://www.teslarati.com/tesla-mobile-app-redesign-update-images-video/ See a preview here:
  24. diplomat33

    If you can't sleep in it, it is not self-driving

    Alex Roy who works at Argo AI offers a simple litmus test for determining if a car is really self-driving or not: "Pick a vehicle. Can you get in, pick a destination and safely go to sleep? If yes, it’s self-driving. If no, it’s not" Source: It's Not a Self-Driving Car Unless You Can Sleep...
  25. diplomat33

    Tesla updating in-cabin camera?

    Green posted this on Twitter: Thoughts?
  26. diplomat33

    Elon: auto shift will come to all Tesla cars with FSD

    Elon just tweeted that the new "auto shift" feature currently on the Model S Plaid will come as an optional feature to all Teslas with FSD: I wondered about this. Auto Shift would seem to just require a software update. So there is no reason Tesla could not push the feature in an OTA update...
  27. diplomat33

    Interesting new way of classifying autonomous driving

    I found this blog from Dr. Philip Koopman, Edge Case Research & Carnegie Mellon University, where he proposes a new classification system for autonomous driving: https://safeautonomy.blogspot.com/2021/04/a-driver-centric-users-guide-to-vehicle.html It does not replace the SAE levels but he...
  28. diplomat33

    Autonomy 2.0 Tutorial Videos

    Lyft put together some short tutorial videos on "autonomy 2.0" which is the approach of using machine learning for all autonomous driving tasks, from perception to prediction and planning. In other words, no "hand coded" algorithms at all in the entire stack. I thought these videos might be...
  29. diplomat33

    Karpathy talk today at CVPR 2021

    Karpathy just finished a new presentation moments ago at CVPR 2021. Here is livestream. Karpathy presentation starts around 7:53:00: He mentions FSD Beta can do zero intervention drives in sparse conditions but struggles with dense, high adversity conditions (like busy traffic in San...
  30. diplomat33

    AI experts: true full self-driving cars could be decades away because AI is not good enough yet

    Wall Street Journal has an interesting article today about self-driving cars: https://www.wsj.com/articles/self-driving-cars-could-be-decades-away-no-matter-what-elon-musk-said-11622865615 Basically, some AI experts are arguing that AI is not good enough yet for true full self-driving cars...
  31. diplomat33

    First details of starship's first orbital test flight!

    First details of starship's first orbital test flight:
  32. diplomat33

    Elon tweets "pure vision" will solve phantom braking

    Well this is good news!
  33. diplomat33

    Holistic Video Scene Understanding with ViP-DeepLab

    Full blog: Holistic Video Scene Understanding with ViP-DeepLab
  34. diplomat33

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

    "Two men are dead after a Tesla traveling in Spring crashed into a tree and no one was driving the vehicle, officials say. The crash happened at 11:25 p.m. in the Carlton Woods subdivision near The Woodlands. The car burst into flames after hitting a tree near 18 Hammock Dunes Place. Harris...
  35. diplomat33

    The Mapping Singularity is Near: Medium Definition Maps

    I thought this was interesting. The article discusses "medium definition" maps that would be in between standard definition maps and HD maps. The idea is to create maps that are more scalable like standard maps but still provide rich data similar to HD maps to be useful for autonomous driving...
  36. diplomat33

    Xpeng begins 2,284 mile cross-country "FSD" drive

    Xpeng has started a cross-country "FSD" drive in China: "A fleet of Xpeng P7s is currently driving from Guangzhou, China, to Beijing, on a navigation-assisted autonomous driving expedition. The journey began on March 19th, will conclude on the 26th, and is covering a total distance of 2,284...
  37. diplomat33

    IIHS Study on L2 driver attention

    IIHS did a study on driver attention with L2 driver assist systems. Probably not shocking, they found that people who were more familiar with the tech actually did pay attention more. “Our data suggest that Level 2 driving automation has the potential to improve a driver’s situational...
  38. diplomat33

    Epilog AI offering kit for hands-free driver assist

    I found this and it looked interesting. It is from a company called Epilog AI. They are a 2015 start-up that specializes in AI vision. They are developing a product called "SideCar". It seems like it is similar to comma.ai's OpenPilot. It's a kit that you can add to the inside of the windshield...
  39. diplomat33

    Model S refresh with bigger side repeater housing

    Teslarati has some close up pics that appear to show the Model S refresh has bigger side repeater housing: Tesla Model S refresh’s large side repeater cameras hint at intense FSD focus Is this just a purely aesthetic change (different housing) or did Tesla upgrade the side repeater cameras...
  40. diplomat33

    Jaguar will be all-electric brand by 2025, Land Rover to quickly follow.

    Official statements from Jaguar: "In a Land Rover, vehicle and driver are united by adventure. By breaking new ground, confronting new challenges and not being content with the expected, Land Rover truly helps people to go ‘Above and Beyond.’ In the next five years, Land Rover will welcome six...
  41. diplomat33

    Is my mobile connector broken?

    I can't charging at home so I often charge at work for convenience. There is a 110V outlet that sticks out of the ground. I use my mobile connector. Recently, I've been getting a strange error when I charge. When I plug it, the connector flashes green except the first letter that is nothing and...
  42. diplomat33

    I wish the Model 3 had the new Model S steering wheel

    So the Model S refresh is getting the steering wheel yoke. There is also no stalk. You can control turning signal, lights, AP etc from the yoke. I wish the Model 3 had this!
  43. diplomat33

    Report: Tesla working with Samsung on 5nm FSD chip

    "Tesla has reportedly partnered with Samsung on a new 5nm chip for full self-driving, according to a new report coming from Korea: According to related industries on the 25th, the Samsung Electronics Foundry Division is currently conducting research and development (R&D) on 5nm-class system...
  44. diplomat33

    What should Waymo do next?

    Curious what people think. What should Waymo do next? What would impress you? Answer poll: 1) Significantly expand the driverless area in Phoenix 2) Launch commercial ride-hailing open to public in other US cities (even with safety drivers initially) 3) Announce partnership with Automaker to...
  45. diplomat33

    FSD Subscription coming "early 2021"

    "Elon Musk has confirmed that Tesla plans to release its Full Self-Driving software package as a monthly subscription service as soon as “early 2021”. Tesla is going to release Full Self-Driving monthly subscription in early 2021 - Electrek
  46. diplomat33

    NEW 1 hour unedited Mobileye autonomous drive in Munich

    Brand new 1 hour unedited Mobileye autonomous drive in Munich with camera-only + HD maps:
  47. diplomat33

    Tesla reduces price of FSD for EAP owners

    Tesla has reduced the price of its Full Self-Driving Package by $1,000 for owners of the Enhanced Autopilot package. Tesla reduces Full Self-Driving Package price for EAP owners - Electrek
  48. diplomat33

    ConnectMyEV has created world's first robotic charger for EVs

    ConnectMyEV has created the world's first robotic charger for Electric Vehicles: We see there are two models, one is an inductive charger that sits under the car, the other is a robotic arm that can plug into the charging port. Looks pretty cool. I hope the company is successful. Robotic...
  49. diplomat33

    Will Tesla merge with another automaker?

    "Musk answered: We are definitely not going to launch a hostile takeover, but if somebody said it would be a good idea to merge with Tesla, we would have this conversation." Elon Musk: Tesla (TSLA) is open to merging with automakers - Electrek It seems Elon is at least open to the idea of...
  50. diplomat33

    FSD rewrite will go out on Oct 20 to limited beta

    Big news! FSD going out on Oct 20 to limited beta. If we don't get in the limited beta, I am sure there will be lots of leaked videos of the FSD.

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