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Head of Tesla Autopilot Software Division Unaware of Fundamental Autonomous Driving Concepts

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The other day it became known that Tesla at one time actually lied in its advertisement for the FSD autopilot, creating a video where the car allegedly drove around the city thanks to the autopilot, and in fact the route was clearly registered in the system. Now, new details have surfaced related to Tesla and this story, but from the other side.

Head of Tesla Autopilot Software Division Unaware of Fundamental Autonomous Driving Concepts

Recall that information about false advertising appeared thanks to the testimony of Ashok Elluswamy, head of the Tesla autopilot software division, which he gave as part of an investigation into a fatal accident involving Tesla, which occurred in 2018. It turned out that, as part of the same process, Elluswami made other very unusual comments.

For example, Elluswami admitted that he did not know what an Operational Design Domain (ODD) was. An ODD is a description of a particular area or areas in which an automated system will work as expected. This includes metrics such as road types, speed ranges, weather, time of day, and environmental conditions. Of course, Tesla in theory could use some of its own terms for this area, but Elluswami’s high position should oblige him to know the fundamental concepts of this industry.

In addition, Elluswami stated that he had never studied the issue of reaction time (perception-reaction), although it is also a basic parameter for self-driving systems, describing the time period that it takes for people to perceive and then respond to a certain stimulus.

It is hardly worth drawing any far-reaching conclusions about Elluswami’s competence regarding his position, but still, at the very least, these statements of his look strange.

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This Geely crossover can accelerate to 100 km / h in 3 seconds. Zeekr X quality images

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This Geely crossover can accelerate to 100 km h

The Chinese resource Autohome has published high-quality images of the Zeekr X compact electric crossover (Zeekr brand is owned by Geeky). It will be the brand’s third model after the Zeekr 001 premium hatchback and the Zeekr 009 minivan.

This Geely crossover can accelerate to 100 km / h in 3 seconds.  Zeekr X quality images

The Zeekr X has some things in common with the Zeekr 001, but in general the crossover has received an individual look. Of the features – the absence of door handles, frameless windows, “muscular” sidewalls and a straightened roofline for more headroom for rear passengers.

This Geely crossover can accelerate to 100 km / h in 3 seconds.  Zeekr X quality images

This Geely crossover can accelerate to 100 km / h in 3 seconds.  Zeekr X quality images

The Zeekr X will be based on the Geely SEA (Sustainable Experience Architecture) platform, which is also used by Volvo. Despite its compactness (dimensions – 4450 x 1836 x 1572 mm), the car will be quite spacious inside, as the wheelbase is 2750 mm long. For comparison, the current Hyundai Santa Fe with a length of 4785 mm has a wheelbase of 2765 mm.

This Geely crossover can accelerate to 100 km / h in 3 seconds.  Zeekr X quality images

This Geely crossover can accelerate to 100 km / h in 3 seconds.  Zeekr X quality images
This Geely crossover can accelerate to 100 km / h in 3 seconds.  Zeekr X quality images

What will be the traction batteries and electric motors – one can only guess for now, but Geely has already officially announced that the Zeekr X will accelerate to 100 km / h in 3 seconds.

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Chery’s latest flagship. Huge crossover Chery Tiggo 9 showed live

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Cherys latest flagship Huge crossover Chery Tiggo 9 showed live

Chery has published official photos of the flagship crossover Chery Tiggo 9 in white, which is undergoing winter testing.

Chery's latest flagship.  Huge crossover Chery Tiggo 9 showed live

Despite the fact that the formal presentation of the novelty has not yet taken place, the company has already revealed almost all the details about the car, which will become Chery’s largest crossover.

Dimensions Chery Tiggo 9 will be 4780 x 1920 x 1700 mm with a wheelbase of 2800 mm. He will receive a large radiator grille with vertical slats, retractable door handles, parking sensors on the front and rear bumpers, a solid rear lamp.

Chery's latest flagship.  Huge crossover Chery Tiggo 9 showed live

Chery's latest flagship.  Huge crossover Chery Tiggo 9 showed live

Salon can be 5-and 7-seater. Chery compares the interior of the Tiggo 9 to that of a Mercedes-Benz. The car will receive a dual screen, consisting of a 12.3-inch full-featured instrument panel and a 12.3-inch central control screen. The new car will be equipped with a steering wheel with touch buttons, an electronic gearshift mechanism, an independent climate control system for rear passengers, heated rear seats, side vents, a rear sun visor and other options.

Chery Tiggo 9 will be equipped with two types of motors. The 254 hp SQRF4J20 is installed in the Tiggo 8, Tiggo 8 Pro and Tiggo 8 Plus. The second motor, numbered SQRF4J20C, has a power of 261 hp. and installs Exeed TXL, VX and LX.

Chery's latest flagship.  Huge crossover Chery Tiggo 9 showed live

Chery's latest flagship.  Huge crossover Chery Tiggo 9 showed live
Chery's latest flagship.  Huge crossover Chery Tiggo 9 showed live
Chery's latest flagship.  Huge crossover Chery Tiggo 9 showed live

In China, the car will go on sale in May at a price of $21,800.

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Mercedes-Benz beat Tesla on its own field. The company was the first in the United States to obtain a license for a third-level autopilot

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Mercedes Benz beat Tesla on its own field The company was

While Tesla has been actively promoting its autopilot, which has nothing to do with full-fledged autopilot, for many years, Mercedes-Benz became the first automobile company in the United States to obtain a license for a level 3 autopilot.

Mercedes-Benz beat Tesla on its own field.  The company was the first in the United States to obtain a license for a third-level autopilot

Mercedes-Benz in their cars relies on driver assistance systems under the general name Drive Pilot. This is a collection of cameras, GPS data, lidars and other sensors that allow the car to move to some extent without the participation of the driver. Such a system is now available in the S-Class and EQS.

The autopilot of the third level, we recall, implies the ability for the driver to completely release the steering wheel and go about their business, but at the same time, a person must still be ready to take control at any time.

Technologically, many companies have already stated that they are ready to release the corresponding cars, but there is a problem with the legislation in most countries, since the necessary norms are often not yet spelled out there. In particular, the important question of who will be held responsible in the event of an accident remains open.

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