Musk personally admitted: developing safe and reliable self-driving cars is more difficult than imagined

Musk is not the only one who realizes the difficulty of launching self-driving cars.

Musk personally admitted: developing safe and reliable self-driving cars is more difficult than imagined

Tencent Technology News reported on July 6 that Elon Musk, CEO of electric car manufacturer Tesla , has repeatedly promised to launch autonomous driving functions, but he has never fulfilled his promise, and because Always miss deadlines and be blamed by Tesla owners. In recent decision back in season , Musk himself acknowledged that the development of safe and reliable autonomous vehicles more difficult than expected.

As for when Tesla can bring the true self-driving system to the market, Musk’s prediction has always ended in failure. Initially, he announced in 2018 that he would launch an autonomous driving function, and then postponed it to 2019. Musk declared at the time that there will be more than 1 million cars equipped with a full version of self-driving software on the road within a year.

Musk personally admitted: developing safe and reliable self-driving cars is more difficult than imagined

In recent years, Musk has been a lot more cautious when talking about the timetable for the launch of the fully automated driving system. He clarified that the upcoming “full-featured version” of the autonomous driving system, although the system still relies on the driver’s attention, but data proves that it is safer than humans, which may lead to true autonomous driving.

This “full-featured version” of the autonomous driving system is now called the fully automated driving (FSD) test version. As part of the limited test plan, this version of the kit will be released to users as early as October 2020. Since then, Tesla has released several software updates for the FSD beta and expanded the scale of early access, but the plan has shown signs of slowing down in recent months.

It is expected that the next major update of the system will be a beta version of FSD v9, and Musk has promised to launch the system for a long time. It will integrate Tesla’s new computer vision system-Tesla Vision (Tesla Vision), which relies entirely on cameras and does not require radar sensors to read data.

However, the timing of this update has been delayed several times. Recently, Musk said that the FSD v9 beta should be launched “no later than June.” Tesla did launch the Tesla Vision upgrade in June to power Autopilot, the driver-assisted driving function of the new Model 3 and Model Y cars, but it has not yet launched the FSD test version.

Musk recently stated that there are still two weeks away from the launch of the FSD v9 beta, but the deadline has now passed. On Twitter, some Tesla owners began to blame Musk because these timelines are becoming a constant joke. One of them even renamed his Tesla “Two Weeks”, alluding to Musk’s failure to fulfill his promise.

In response to the tweet, Musk said that the FSD v9 beta will be launched soon, and admitted that developing a safe and reliable self-driving car is a more difficult problem than he thought. He wrote: “Haha, I swear, the FSD v9 beta will be released soon! Generalized autonomous driving is a difficult problem because it needs to solve many real-world problems related to AI. I didn’t expect it to be so difficult, but Looking back now, the difficulty is obvious!”

The FSD v9 beta version is not only expected to be an important step in improving the performance of Tesla’s “full-featured” fully automated driving system, but there should also be a “download button” promised by the company, allowing more people to gain “early access” permissions. In addition to software updates, there is even a subscription model for those who have not paid for the FSD package.

There is no doubt that Tesla is more willing than its competitors to test the beta version of its autonomous driving assistance features on customers to collect data and resolve any loopholes in the system. Tesla customers mostly do not mind, they often request to Musk, she wants to be when added to the front line the white list system testing.

Tesla said that Autopilot is safe. The selective reporting of data in the company’s quarterly report proves this, but it also requires the driver to continuously input data to work.

At the same time, companies like Waymo already have real self-driving cars tested on public roads and even provide passenger services. Like almost all self-driving car companies, Waymo uses a combination of different sensors, such as radar, lidar and cameras, to ensure redundancy in the event of any system failure.

However, Tesla recently switched to a sensor system with only a camera, which makes Tesla and all other companies pursuing autonomous driving technology completely different.

Musk is not the only one who realizes the difficulty of launching self-driving cars. Almost the entire industry has predicted that our roads should be crowded with self-driving cars today. However, it turns out that they underestimated the complexity of allowing cars to drive safely and reliably.

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