31 May '17, 6pm

Roboticist says that with Tesla’s Autopilot, “Bikers will die” https://t.co/djcUBy5rZL

Roboticist says that with Tesla’s Autopilot, “Bikers will die” https://t.co/djcUBy5rZL

Tesla’s so-called Autopilot is confusing. According to Mathew Ingram of Fortune, Tesla makes clear that it is not autonomous and that drivers should keep their hands on the wheel and pay attention to their surroundings. Repeat, it’s not autonomous. Roboticist Heather Knight tried out the Tesla Autopilot and wrote a Medium post with a dramatic and aggressive title: Tesla Autopilot Review: Bikers will die. As a cyclist, that certainly got my attention. She thinks it's autonomous (that is her job) and describes the Autopilot as “basically a button to turn the car into autonomous driving mode.” She writes: I’m concerned that some will ignore its limitations and put biker lives at risk; we found the Autopilot’s agnostic behavior around bicyclists to be frightening….I’d estimate that Autopilot classified ~30% of other cars, and 1% of bicyclists. Not being able to classify object...

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