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Autopilot testing hardware spotted at Grants Pass SC

Discussion in 'Model S' started by e-FTW, Aug 24, 2015.

  1. e-FTW

    e-FTW New electron smell

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    #1 e-FTW, Aug 24, 2015
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    Last week, while on a road trip with my wife from San Francisco to Seattle in my soon-to-be disapeared ICE car, I kind of just happened to stop in Grants Pass. No reason...
    Three cars were charging: one with a note in a window asking to call the owner if you need the spot, an 85 and a P85.
    The 85 attracted my attention because of how much curb rash the dark grey 21-inch turbine wheels had. Those are some very good looking wheels, but those four examples were badly abused. I could not believe an owner would do that to his wheels! I had never seen that much on any car.
    Then I figured out why, when something yellow caught my eye inside the car (sorry for the reflections). See a few posts below:

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  2. tezzla

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    I'd guess it's the auto parallel parking? :)
     
  3. e-FTW

    e-FTW New electron smell

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    Nice one!
     
  4. e-FTW

    e-FTW New electron smell

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    #4 e-FTW, Aug 24, 2015
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    Here are the pics. Sorry about the size; I wanted you guys to be able pick apart what you see here:

    - I see no clear soft drink preference
    - Not sure about the design of that emergency button... ;)

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    wk057 Senior Tinkerer

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    #5 wk057, Aug 24, 2015
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    Gotta love the big red button.

    So you mean you just went snapping pics of the inside of this car? I hope something external at least gave away that it was a test car beforehand... lol.

    Edit: nm, guess I should read the whole post before commenting in the future. :p
     
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    Interesting. Thanks for sharing.


    Did you take any pictures of them? It would be interesting to see how much they scraped them up, presumably testing the parallel parking.
     
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    So I'm not clear on what those pictures show. A Model S with a bunch of wiring coming out from below the center screen and some odd looking stuff on the inside of the windshield near the rear view mirror. And that means what?
    Did the car have manufacturer plates?
     
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    e-FTW New electron smell

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    I did not notice the plates like I should have. I did notice the laptop in the passenger footwell, that seems connected to the car via some of that wiring. Plus the extra hardware you see.
    Am making an assumption based on those items, plus location and what I previously mentioned.

    I doubt this was a security researcher/engineer/enterprising owner testing out his haxing skills in the wilds of Oregon. I may be wrong though!
     
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    Is that big red button a part of the 7.0 firmware update? :tongue:
     
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    Hehe good one! Yes it is quite the standard that all autonomous testing vehicles have a large red button in the centre of the dash. Don't know why, you can trust a computer can't you? Then it locks the doors...
     
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    Easy button from staples? Order office supplies on the go...
     
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    https://youtu.be/ARJ8cAGm6JE?t=58s
     
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    okay this is a development car, but who is going to foot the bill when you use autopilot to parallel park the car and it trashes your alloys or pinches the sidewall of your tire?
    Can autopilot be 100% successful in avoiding this scenario?
     
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    Perhaps its the ejector seat button just in case anything goes wrong...
     
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    The red button has been spotted on test mules as far back as Feb of 2014 (Model S Test Mule?) but that one had funky wheels and sensors that were probably early stages of the autopilot program vs for parallel parking.
     
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    Max* Autopilot != Autonomous

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    I wonder if that big red button will be able to hold a cup?
     
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    I find it interesting that the development/prototype cars are above base spec - this one has leather seats and carbon fibre trim. I wonder if these are cancelled customer cars which have been reassigned. I'd otherwise expect Tesla to build them to minimum spec. (assuming that the carbon trim isn't actually cheaper than obleche, etc.)
     
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    Having a laptop tied into a model S system is not that big a deal.
    My neighbor had one hooked up to his 3 week old P85D. Lots of interesting data to be had.
     
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    e-FTW New electron smell

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    Yup, Matias nailed it!
     

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