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Autopilot 2.0 test hardware sighting?

Discussion in 'Model S' started by dlv1984, Mar 17, 2016.

  1. dlv1984

    dlv1984 Amp'd

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    Sorry if this is a repost, but it's new to me: from Reddit
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  2. markwj

    markwj Moderator, Asia Pacific

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    Somebody testing something, but not necessarily Tesla doing it.

    That thing on the mirror has gotta be horrible for drag.
     
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    It would help to know if the car had MFG plates on it. Given the height, the side mirror looks more like a camera to me than it does lidar.
     
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    I saw a bosch crew doing similar tests on BMWs in CO last month.
     
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    That side-view mirror looks oddly well made (seamlessly integrated) and not some bolt-on test device like the front/rear bumpers are. The camera portion seems to pop up from the integrated housing. Normally these test bits are bolted on... the mirror is a little too nice?
     
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    That does look like a test car with additional sensors. Where was it spotted?
     
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    The OP in the Reddit thread says it was seen in SF
     
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    Tesla improving safety, extra bumpers and another cupholder on the mirror ;)
     
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    Very, very interesting. The LIDAR pucks on the side mirrors look a little too well-built to be made by a random third party. But the car seems to have regular plates, not the manufacturer plates you normally see on these test cars.

    Exciting stuff :)
     
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    I couldn't find a picture fast enough last night to illustrate the point, but surely someone has a ride-height comparison photo with both an S and X side-by-side to validate my theory that the second fascia chunk is for X testing?

    The other common question has been, how do we know this is Tesla?

    Answer: We don't. But that fascia is BRAND new and already heavily modified (which suggests the operators have had additional time to do those modifications) so the rarity of that body part suggests Tesla or a very closely related supplier. Again, my theory, pure speculation.
     
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    That seems awfully crude for a prototype so far from the Bay Area, unless as you say it is a supplier's car. What kind of license plate was on the car?
     
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    Hey "pgh70D"-- you join our local Facebook group yet? If not... you should. Link on my blog.

    My friend stumbled across this car while about 20 minutes before the puck dropped on last night's VICTORIOUS Penguins game and he was probably a 19.5 minute drive from home so... priority was with the hometown team, not this questionably modified S. He didn't realize the significance of it until after he sent me the pictures and I got a bit excited.

    So we don't have any plates/interior pictures, just the ones posted on the Teslarati article.

    HOWEVER, it has been brought up by another FB group member that prior to the current Autopilot they had stumbled across a similar prototype at the same Supercharger. The team then was less tight-lipped and volunteered that they WERE, in fact, driving across the country because the system needed to adapt/understand the various regional variations in road markings. So there is some precedent.
     
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    The sensors on the original pictures look a bit like what they have on the Google self driving Lexus SUVs...
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    Sure, it wouldn't surprise me in general if they are doing cross-country tests. What I find odd in this case is specifically how much of a hack job the setup is. Seems pretty susceptible to damage on a long trip (not to mention super ugly to look at).
     
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    Thanks...

    Too fast clicking links that I searched when I read article that I accidentally posted the thread itself. Reported to Mods with the right link, so hopefully they fix that for me, otherwise...

    Like you said... Here's the right link.
     
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