Is Tesla bragging? FSD kit alleged that the function and price do not meet the promise

Tesla ridiculously named its assisted driving system as “fully autonomous driving”, damaging the overall development of the automotive autonomous driving field.

Perhaps in the entire automotive industry, the most optimistic about its own technology is Tesla ‘s ” Full Auto Drive” (FSD) suite. But the reality is that no car sold to Volkswagen can be fully automated, and Tesla seems to be bragging in this regard.

Although the term “fully autonomous driving” makes people feel inspired by Tesla’s ambitions, the current progress of this technology is far less than the literal description. As of July 2021, FSD is actually just an L2 driver assisted driving system defined by SAE International.

The L2 driver assistance driving system requires two or more driver assistance technologies to work at the same time. More importantly, it can only provide assistance to the driver, not as a substitute for the driver. For systems such as Tesla’s FSD and GM’s SuperCruise, this means:

——Speed ​​control can be achieved through automatic braking and acceleration;

——Detect targets and maintain distances, including cars or pedestrians;

——Semi-automatic lane change. When the driver turns on the turn signal, the car will change lanes, but the prerequisite is to allow the car to change lanes safely. However, General Motors just announced that the next version of SuperCruise will provide a fully automatic lane change function, and the driver does not need to make a request through the turn signal.

Even if all these technologies are harmonized, SAE’s definition of L2 autonomous driving reminds us that the driver must maintain full control of the car and supervise its operation at all times. L2 replaces part of the driver’s operation, but the driver still needs to pay attention.

In the gap between name and function, Tesla FSD lies between over-commitment and potentially dangerous allusion. Although many autopilot technologies have had high-profile accidents and even fatal accidents, Tesla’s technology has far exceeded its share of scrutiny. We are not usually jealous of the auto industry’s indulgence in bold marketing, but when it comes to things as important and risky as autopilot, we must draw a line.

Tesla ridiculously named its assisted driving system as “fully autonomous driving”, damaging the overall development of the automotive autonomous driving field. Regulators, insurance companies and car buyers need to have confidence in this technology in order to realize its huge benefits, and the impact of FSD is not conducive to our achievement of this goal.

For a long time, Tesla has always stated that most of its cars are shipped with all the hardware needed to realize its so-called “self-driving.” But in a recent statement, the company stated that in many cases, it would cost $1,500 to upgrade the hardware.

If anyone still want to install an FSD on its Tesla, then the price has become more real benefits of , but also become more complex. In the past, you could spend $10,000 to unlock features on the hardware. Tesla said that this feature is being built into every car. But Tesla recently announced that you can pay a monthly subscription fee of $199 to unlock FSD. However, in this case, you may need to pay a hardware upgrade fee of $1,500, depending on the year of production and original configuration of your car.

Then there is the issue of L5 level: According to SAE, L5 level is the only driver-assisted driving function that truly meets the qualifications of “fully autonomous driving”. Such cars don’t even need pedals or steering wheels. But no car manufacturer has come close to providing L5 autonomous driving systems, and there are more and more discussions in the automotive industry about whether we will see similar features in privately owned cars.

Nevertheless, Tesla stated in January 2021 that the company may begin to introduce L5 autonomous driving functions for some customers’ cars before the end of this year. But this seems impossible, and Tesla recently admitted this to California regulators. Tesla’s L5 level may be a bit like 5G on AT&T phones in 2019.

In the final analysis, Tesla’s “fully autonomous driving” suite is still L2 driver-assisted driving technology, no different from the services provided by other automakers. You can pay $10,000 in full or $199 per month to use it on your Tesla, but you may need to pay an additional $1,500 for hardware upgrades.

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