The autonomous (self driving) car buyers and owners thread

Sam Posten

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Yeah we've seen many discussions of the so called Trolley Problem. One way to avoid it: Don't even consider them at all. It seems the only way that they can avoid falling into a lawsuit trap. Just do the best you can regardless of other life considerations.
 

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I just discovered some interesting videos about Comma Two, running open source software Openpilot. For 1000 bucks, you can turn any one of 63 different car models into a level 2 self driving car:


 
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This will be a watershed moment or a big joke.
 

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Tesla’s Exciting Q3 Numbers… And Chronic Flaw | by Jean-Louis Gassée | Oct, 2020 | Monday Note
There might be a cloud, however, in this sunny picture. Specifically, I can’t understand why Musk continues to flog what he blithely calls a “Full Self Driving” (FSD) vehicle.

It’s commonly acknowledged — by everyone except Musk, apparently — that a fully autonomous vehicle is one that can drive itself from point A to point B without any human intervention. This is what car geeks call Level 5 automation, but that’s not what Tesla offers under the “Full Self Driving” designation. In today’s Tesla vehicles, an attentive driver is always required, and the company has no credible path to eliminating the human at the wheel.

One can’t help wonder when — not if — the NHTSA (National Highway Transportation Safety Authority) will intervene. Without a doubt, Tesla offers sophisticated driver assistance technology…but why not call it just that: Driving Assistance, or some hyperbolic but still truthful variation? It’s one thing to exaggerate a little or a lot about delivery schedules, it’s another to promise Full Self Driving that isn’t. Tesla’s brilliant performance doesn’t need that excess.
 
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