Tesla FSD, or an automatic entirely autonomous driver function, seems to lead to freight drivers on the road, a recent study revealed MIT.
Tesla FSD AutoPilot: The autopilot function on electric vehicles from the Musk company still needs to improve its basic safety features before it expands. It’s important to note that the Titan EV’s FSD package still requires its drivers to hold the wheel, as well as full vigilance, unlike its name, according to Engadget.
Simply put, the Tesla Autopilot serves only as a function assist system rather than making the vehicle completely autonomous. A recent study from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts, found that the concerns of security authorities seem to be in the right place.
Autonomous feature: Tesla FSD AutoPilot
Data from MIT researchers showed that the Tesla FSD or autopilot system wasted attention from the person behind the wheel. Engadget further noted in the same report that it is not surprising that Tesla drivers end up being inattentive when FSD activated itself.
However, MIT research is the first study to prove this hypothesis. The study specifically looked at the behavior of the Tesla driver before and after activating the autopilot or FSD. That said, there was data that could compare the attention of motorists with and without the assistance system.
Musk "could—and should—preemptively offer to partially or fully refund the estimated $2.3 billion Tesla has collected for FSD over the years, thus taking responsibility for its five years of tardiness," @stevelevine writes in The Electric.https://t.co/XVqn0BSxub pic.twitter.com/s8JO5VfzAv
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Research data revealed that drivers using the autopilot on the electric vehicle looked more towards the infotainment touchscreen and even down. The latter probably means that the driver is looking at his smartphone.
Autopilot and driver attentiveness
The MIT document also found that drivers who manually controlled the vehicle without an autopilot looked less at the information system and looked down.
The interior of a Tesla vehicle is seen as parked at a new Tesla showroom and service center in Red Hook, Brooklyn, on July 5, 2016, in New York City. It should be noted that the Tesla FSD is expected to be widely released to more users of the electric vehicle giant on September 24.
However, with the release of the Tesla FSD on the way, US security authorities remain indifferent to its development, adding that they are still concerned about the safety of its users. Specifically, the new director of the National Transportation Safety Board or NTSB, Jennifer Homendy, said last September 19.
The latter probably means that the driver is looking at his smartphone. The MIT document also found that drivers who manually controlled the vehicle without an autopilot looked less at the information system and looked down.
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