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  1. 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...
  2. diplomat33

    Tesla updating in-cabin camera?

    Green posted this on Twitter: Thoughts?
  3. 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...
  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. 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...
  7. 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...
  8. diplomat33

    First details of starship's first orbital test flight!

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

    Elon tweets "pure vision" will solve phantom braking

    Well this is good news!
  10. diplomat33

    Holistic Video Scene Understanding with ViP-DeepLab

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

    2 die in Tesla crash - Report says "nobody was in driver seat"

    "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...
  12. 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...
  13. 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...
  14. 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...
  15. 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...
  16. 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...
  17. 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...
  18. 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...
  19. 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!
  20. 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...
  21. 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...
  22. 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
  23. 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:
  24. 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
  25. 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...
  26. 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...
  27. 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.
  28. diplomat33

    Road test of Mercedes Vision AVTR prototype

    Mercedes released this video of real world driving of their futuristic concept car, the Vision AVTR that features wheels that can move the car sideways and no steering wheel: I know it is a just a prototype but it is still super cool. Not sure what the little fins on the back are for other...
  29. diplomat33

    Enhanced Autopilot is BACK!!

    Looks like Enhanced Autopilot is back as an after-delivery option on the app for $4k. I'm guessing it is a temporary "demand lever" to try to squeeze some extra revenue from owners who don't want to pay the full FSD price. I do wonder if this is a sign that Tesla is about to raise the price of...
  30. diplomat33

    Police charge Tesla driver who was going 90 mph on AP while asleep

    Canadian police have charged a 20-year-old man with dangerous driving after he was arrested for allegedly being asleep at the wheel of a 2019 Tesla Model S while it was operating in its semi-autonomous "Autopilot" mode. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) said it received a complaint of a...
  31. diplomat33

    HW4 computer mass production in Q4 2021

    "Tesla is working on HW4.0 self-driving chip with semiconductor company TSMC with a timeline for mass production in Q4 2021, according to a new report coming out of China." "Mass production wouldn’t happen until Q4 2021 – meaning that we aren’t likely to see those chips inside Tesla production...
  32. diplomat33

    V11 is going to be HUGE!

    Here is a thread on Reddit with some leaks about the rewrite and V11 from someone with inside knowledge: "There are lots of cool stuff on the way! v11 is actually crazy from the things I’m told. Take a look at the CuberTruck UI for a teaser." "From my understanding, the rewrite and v11 should...
  33. diplomat33

    New autopilot visualizations coming

    The visualizations for first responder vehicles will be great. Hopefully, it means that Tesla is working on AP being able to pull over for first responder vehicles because that will be a very important FSD feature.
  34. diplomat33

    Visualizations on screen will show model and color of Teslas

    According to Elon, Tesla is planning to actually display the model and color of Teslas on the road in the screen visualization. "Yeah. Display will also soon render Teslas specifically as their model & color instead of as a generic sedan/SUV. Has potential for a fun punch buggy sort of game."...
  35. diplomat33

    Lucid unveils advanced driver assist features to compete with Autopilot

    Lucid gave more details on DreamDrive: "Lucid Motors, which seeks to set new standards for sustainable transportation with its advanced luxury EVs, today announced Lucid DreamDrive, a new benchmark in advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS). The first-of-its-kind platform combines the most...
  36. diplomat33

    "Project Palladium" = big refresh to Model S/X?

    Electrek has discovered a new Tesla secret project called “Palladium,” and it involves some important updates to the Model S and Model X. The project involves building new production lines for updated versions of the Model S and Model X. According to people familiar with the matter, the new...
  37. diplomat33

    Las Vegas Loop to use Tesla cars riding in tunnels autonomously

    The Boring Company is working on a series of tunnels in Las Vegas that will serve as a Loop: “Loop is an all-electric, zero-emissions, high-speed underground public transportation system in which passengers are transported via compatible Autonomous Electric Vehicles (AEVs) at up to 150 miles...
  38. diplomat33

    Mobileye CEO sayd FSD companies will need to consolidate

    "Shashua believes that the autonomous car industry will need to consolidate because it's too difficult for separate companies to cooperate in developing self-driving vehicles, with each competing to develop their own proprietary technology, Reuters reports. The CEO of Mobileye said the strategy...
  39. diplomat33

    Elon: side repeater cameras will go full screen when using turn signal

    "Tesla CEO Elon Musk has indicated that the side repeater cameras will now become fullscreen when the vehicle’s turn signal is activated. The side repeater cameras give drivers increased awareness in blindspots without having to use the car’s side mirrors. Two small real-time videos of the...
  40. diplomat33

    AP cone test!

    Apologies if this has already been discussed but I saw this video from Tesla Driver where he tests how AP reacts to cones. We can see that AP does go around cones in some cases but it crashes into cones in other instances.
  41. diplomat33

    Jay Leno reviews Canoo the subscription based EV company

    Jay Leno visited the HQ of Canoo, a company building a city EV that will be subscription based. Essentially, you will not buy or lease the vehicle. You will pay a month to month fee which will include everything including registration, charging, repairs and insurance. The vehicle itself is...
  42. diplomat33

    53 countries adopt strict FSD regulations

    "The binding rules on Automated Lane Keeping Systems (ALKS) will come into force in January 2021. The measures were adopted by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations, which brings together 53 countries, not just in Europe...
  43. diplomat33

    Emails between Tesla and CA DMV on Smart Summon, FSD

    I thought I would start a separate thread for this. Thanks to @Bitdepth and @Bladerskb for finding this info. This website has some emails between Tesla and the CA DMV from 2018 to 2020 that reveal some interesting stuff: <redacted> From the emails, I constructed a timeline of events: Oct 1...
  44. diplomat33

    Waymo is now exclusive L4 partner for Volvo!

    This is big news! "Waymo is now the exclusive global L4 partner for Volvo Car Group, a global leader in automotive safety, including its strategic affiliates Polestar and Lynk & Co. International. Through our strategic partnership, we will first work together to integrate the Waymo Driver into...
  45. diplomat33

    JD Power ranks Tesla last in Quality Control Study

    "The J.D. Power 2020 Initial Quality Study (IQS), released today, places Tesla at the bottom of its quality rankings. It’s the first time that Tesla was profiled in J.D. Power’s influential study of quality. It’s widely regarded as the industry benchmark for new-vehicle quality. The key metric...
  46. diplomat33

    Elon says "yes" to considering cross traffic alerts

    Elon tweeted that he is open to the idea of adding cross traffic alerts: Tesla's Elon Musk approves use of cross-traffic warnings when backing up Keep in mind that we don't know when this would happen. But Elon does seem open to the idea so we might get this long awaited feature at some point.
  47. diplomat33

    BMW freezes their FSD program with Mercedes-Benz

    "German automaker BMW has announced that it will freeze its self-driving technology development program with Mercedes-Benz after a steep plunge in demand for its vehicles due to the coronavirus. BMW will also get rid of 6,000 jobs, which accounts for 5% of its global employment force of 120,000...
  48. diplomat33

    Tesla hiring "ADAS Test Operators" to test AP

    Saw this on Elektrek. Tesla has posted job descriptions for "ADAS Test Operators" based in Austin, TX to test AP: Tesla is looking to hire Autopilot test drivers in Austin - Electrek Interesting that it mentions "predetermined route". It sounds like Tesla wants to test for very specific...
  49. diplomat33

    CVPR 2020 Workshop on "Scalability in Autonomous Driving" LIVE DISCUSSION

    I thought I would start a new thread to discuss this workshop. The workshop has begun now. Here is the live link: You may need to watch the link in youtube. Not sure if it will play embedded in the post. I am watching it now. It's pretty good stuff so far. Karpathy will be speaking...

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