Tesla claims that Autopilot is currently preventing about 40 accidents per day by correcting drivers who press the wrong pedal, something that has caused Tesla to be accused of sudden acceleration in the past.
For years, Tesla vehicles have often been accused of speeding on their own, resulting in accidents.
These phenomena, called “sudden unintended acceleration”, can be caused by a fault or driver’s fault, often not by pressing the wrong pedal.
We reported that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said it is investigating claims that Tesla vehicles have had “sudden unintended acceleration” after receiving a petition citing 127 claimed incidents.
As we said at the time, several claims of sudden unexpected acceleration involving Tesla vehicles have been made public over the years. One of the most publicized South Korean celebrities claimed that her Model X grew rapidly on her own in her garage.
We’ve also seen plenty of Tesla vehicles crashing into buildings—most often in parking lots—as pictured above.
In each case, however, Tesla claimed that the car’s logs showed that it was the user’s fault as the pedal was applied incorrectly, meaning the driver applied pressure to the accelerator instead of the brake.
in a case, electrek Tesla’s logs were able to be verified by a third party, and this backed up the automaker’s claims that it pressed the driver on the accelerator.
Last year, NHTSA released findings from its investigation and determined that sudden acceleration incidents from Tesla vehicles where drivers said the vehicles were “accelerating by themselves” were due to user errors.
Following the NHTSA investigation, Tesla issued a statement claiming that its vehicles had no defects that resulted in unintended acceleration, and the petition with NHTSA was initiated by the TSLA short seller.
At the time, Tesla noted that it was using Autopilot to try to prevent those erroneous pedal mistakes that resulted in accidents:
Unique to Tesla, we also use the Autopilot sensor suite to help isolate potential pedal incorrect applications and reduce torque to reduce or prevent accidents when we believe a driver’s input is unintentional. was in
The automaker is using its advanced driver assistance (ADAS) technology to try to detect that even though the driver is applying pressure to the accelerator, they are doing it unconsciously and braking instead.
This is a difficult technique to implement because you generally don’t want to override driver input with ADAS technology.
But Tesla claims impressive success with it as Ashok Eluswamy, Tesla’s head of Autopilot software, recently revealed that “autopilot prevents ~40 accidents per day where the human driver accidentally brakes instead of accelerating at 100%”. press.”
He also shared an example:
This is a good example of why Tesla is always to blame when there is an accident where Autopilot is involved, but the automaker does not get credit for all the accidents it has avoided.
The note and illustration come from the speech that Eluswamy gave for CVPR In June 2022 workshop on autonomous driving, but it was just released on Youtube last week.
The talk goes into detail about Tesla Autopilot’s use of the Occupancy Network. This is definitely an inside baseball thing, but it might be interesting to some:
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