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NHK Documentary on Autonomous Vehicles

Discussion in 'Autonomous Vehicles' started by wdolson, Jan 17, 2017.

  1. wdolson

    wdolson Active Member

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    Just watched this documentary from NHK (Japan).


    It's narrated by an American, but the tone is that irritating lecturing down tone a lot of Asian documentaries tend to take. As far as I can tell it first came out in November 2016. It's Japan-centric as you'd expect, but they spend a fair bit of time covering Google's tech. They also go to Mobileye and cover some German efforts at autonomous tech.

    What's really weird is the documentary didn't once mention Tesla. Like Tesla doesn't even exist. It was sort of like watching a documentary on the last 10 years of mobile phone tech and never mentioning Apple. Whatever you think of the companies, both companies have had an impact on their industries.
     
  2. SwTslaGrl

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    Perhaps they asked and Tesla didn't want to participate? It's Japan-centric though.
     
  3. wdolson

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    As a journalistic piece, Tesla can't stop anyone from talking about them as long as they don't make up damaging lies. The documentary mentioned the GM and Ford efforts in making autonomous vehicles. If Tesla wasn't participating, they could have easily mentioned them in the same breath and moved on.

    Because autonomous driving is pretty much mission #2 at Tesla (right behind electric drive trains), I would think Tesla would be happy to participate in any program that wasn't trashing their ideas, even if they weren't the central part of the program.
     
  4. hiroshiy

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    NHK is government owned and very popular among old people, so somebody might wanted to limit Tesla's exposure to such segment :)

    Generally we don't see much Tesla coverage here in Japan, in TVs and magazines. Toyota and other petrol people spend a lot of money in anti electric.

    Or maybe NHK director didn't know about Tesla at all.

    Things will change when we start driving Model X in Tokyo and opening FWDs I hope.
     
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    They filmed part in Silicon Valley, how could you possibly avoid Teslas in that area? It seemed like a deliberate shun. I can't believe that not a single person they interviewed had mentioned competition against Tesla. At least Mercedes was mentioned.

    They showed a Nissan with MobilEye hardware failing a turn at first pass. If this was a real accident you can't call MobilEye to fix the software and bring you back to life to try again. It was the MobilEye hardware which didn't detect the lines properly.
     

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