- Dec 8, 2007
It's not the technical part of L3 that's the problem. It's the legal part. The corporate lawyers are not going to be happy with taking legal responsibility for L3 operation, a mode where by definition it can't reasonably guarantee to fail safely in the case the driver does not respond in time. I think the way Tesla originally developed AP, the mode is very similar to L3, but they obviously did not go that direction (went right back to fully L2, esp. after major accidents and NHTSA investigations).If you're going to have to get your car, FSD SW, and insurance all from the same company, just lease it all. Who would buy a car outright, then do a monthly sub on FSD/insurance? That company could just decide to stop selling you FSD and make your whole original purchase worthless (or worth much less). I would never buy a car from a company where I could only buy their tires, and I'll never buy a car where the company can legally devalue it after I own it. I'd lease that all day though if the lease agreement specified the functions guaranteed under the lease.
This would be it's own interesting discussion on this forum. The idea that Tesla will never do L3, and will go from "driver fully responsible" to "we can get you basically anywhere without any attention" all in one step sure isn't what I have been assuming. Seems so easy (and useful) to hit L3 on the highway with a driver as a delayed backup compared to handling all the surface street issues.