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Good honest demo and discussion of Autopilot by Barnacules Nerdgasm

dhanson865

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Feb 16, 2013
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6,944
Knoxville, Tennessee
Tesla Autopilot in P85D Supercar, Scary as Hell! - YouTube

Good honest demo and discussion of Autopilot by Barnacules Nerdgasm.

Don't let the title fool you, he laughs when he is scared, gets used to it, and learns as he is using it.

575,000+ views when I saw it.

It might upset the HP people a bit as they throw around very very high numbers for the HP and torque. Just ignore that and watch the autopilot demo.
 
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dm33

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May 10, 2013
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I thought he made some decent points. Sounded like he didn't know enough about it going in, but the evolution of his thinking was interesting.

He started out thinking it could drive autonomously and was quickly relieved of that belief as he saw the car mis-steer and give up in multiple situations. He asked if it would stop at lights as he's flying up on a light with no hands on the wheel.

After that experience he talks about being more nervous watching it drive than if he were driving.

But eventually they find an expressway, the 405 somewhere, that suited it and he was able to drive for a long time without having to correct it or handle any emergencies. Turned out the most useful scenario was in heavy stop and go traffic on the expressway. Relatively low stress because of slow speeds, but the car took care of much of the mind numbing stop and go.

I do wonder if all drivers have yet gone through a similar learning experience. I do fear that people will get too confident when they see it working and forget about the cases where it doesn't work.
 

CHG-ON

Still in love after all these miles
Jun 24, 2014
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Santa Cruz Mountains, USA
I agree that it is best suited for stop and go traffic. It works like a charm. Personally, I find it easier and less stressful to just steer myself in pretty much every other circumstance. Otherwise, I am watching like a hawk, waiting for an error. And I totally agree that people will trust it too much and fear the backlash when somebody does something stupid, the car can't handle it and whammo! accident. AP is by no means autonomous driving. Either 60 Minutes or Sunday Morning (sorry, can't remember which) had a great piece this last sunday on this. The interview with the head of autonomous driving from Mercedes was quite insightful. The thing that stood out the most for me was his comment that the data points required to drive a car are virtually limitless because humans are not predictable from one situation to the next. We can react quite differently to the same situation based on a myriad of factors.

The single factor that prevents me from trusting AP is its tendency to wander, or wobble a bit when in the lane, wandering a bit left and right. That alone tells me that it is not there yet. But it is a fantastic start.
 

Grendal

SpaceX Moderator
Jan 31, 2012
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
Tesla Autopilot in P85D Supercar, Scary as Hell! - YouTube

Good honest demo and discussion of Autopilot by Barnacules Nerdgasm.

Don't let the title fool you, he laughs when he is scared, gets used to it, and learns as he is using it.

575,000+ views when I saw it.

It might upset the HP people a bit as they throw around very very high numbers for the HP and torque. Just ignore that and watch the autopilot demo.

It was long but it is very good showing a complete novice trying out the autopilot. The important thing to note is that the owner prepared him to drive the car very well. He responds in the right way. His viewpoint as a novice is insightful. There are obvious flaws in his knowledge of the car and the company though.

There is 99K views right now. Nerdgasm has 575K followers.
 

dhanson865

Active Member
Feb 16, 2013
4,549
6,944
Knoxville, Tennessee
It was long but it is very good showing a complete novice trying out the autopilot. The important thing to note is that the owner prepared him to drive the car very well. He responds in the right way. His viewpoint as a novice is insightful. There are obvious flaws in his knowledge of the car and the company though.

There is 99K views right now. Nerdgasm has 575K followers.

Good point, it's up to 118,755 I was too tired to read the right number last night apparently. :redface:
 

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