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Potholes... will Autopilot see them...?

Discussion in 'Model X: Driving Dynamics' started by Mistersir, Feb 20, 2017.

  1. Mistersir

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    I'm curious about autopilot driving my X into a pothole. Some snow over the last couple months has resulted in some seriously deep potholes. If autopilot is steering and I don't see a pothole, will the car? And would it scoot over a bit if there was room in the lane to avoid it?
     
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    Simple answer. NO
     
  3. Mistersir

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    That's a bummer....is there a particular reason AP can't see them?
     
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    I just think it's more set up for objects "above" the road. I don't believe the AP can see it. Sort of like the lanes go missing as you ascend a hill
     
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  5. BerTX

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    It probably can see them, but to recognize them and decide how to react is way beyond the current or near-future state of the technology. i.e. they have more important things to do.
     
  6. Mistersir

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    Gotcha, I'm glad I asked...I would have assumed incorrectly and maybe damaged a tire.
    Thanks
     
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    I do think this is something that will be improved upon. With full autonomy or anything close to that potholes should be detected. One of the reasons i don't use AP when going thru NYC is the potholes. It's like a slalom course at this time of year :)
     
  8. Mistersir

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    Exactly! I hope this feature gets implemented soon. I would think that, like you said, autonomy will require it.
     
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    Agree. I think AP is like a student driver just learning to drive a car. It is in about it's second day's lesson. Avoiding potholes is something it learns after lots of safety stuff.
     
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    Right now, the answer is definitely not. I've driven 6-8,000 miles on AP1 and it definitely does not avoid potholes.
     
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    Reminds me of teaching my son to drive and he just drives right over those suckers. He then tells me to stop yelling at him, i'm making him nervous. :)
     
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    This is fleet learning functionality that I'm guessing will be prioritized lower. I'd hope to see some sort of warning first but not before pedestrian detection is working perfectly.
     
  13. Mistersir

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    Very good point - pedestrians first ;)
     
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    Maybe we'll see it when stop sign and stop light detection is working on 2nd thought. Pedestrian is higher priority but the functionality is largely orthogonal.
     

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