Elon Musk has said autopilot for Tesla cars will not be able to get regulatory approval this year, Reuters writes. Musk said Tesla owners in North America will receive an updated version of the Full Self-Driving (FSD) software at the end of 2022, as he mentioned earlier. And while cars aren’t yet ready for no one to drive at all, drivers rarely have to touch controls. “A car can take you from home to work, to your friend’s house, to the grocery store, and you don’t have to touch the steering wheel,” Musk said. “However, it is a separate issue whether the system will be approved by the regulatory authorities. At the time of release, it will not have approval yet,” he added.
Apparently, the company has not yet been able to convince the authorities that its cars can safely move on their own, without the help of a driver. Musk said that an update to the FSD is planned for 2023 that will show regulators that an autonomous car is much safer than a human driver. However, since 2016, the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has been conducting 38 special investigations into accidents involving Tesla cars, in which 19 people died. The regulator is trying to find out whether the software is to blame for the accidents. In addition, Tesla received complaints due to incorrect advertising of the autonomous driving system. For example, the California Department of Motor Vehicles found misleading use of words such as “autopilot” and “fully autonomous driving” in advertisements.
In fact, Full Self-Driving is more of an active driver assistance system that allows the car to change lanes and park autonomously. At the same time, the car must still be under the control of a person. A fully autonomous vehicle will require regulatory approval, which Tesla has yet to secure. By the way, the cost of installing FSD on Tesla electric cars has increased significantly this year and now stands at $15,000.
Tesla cars have learned to detect devices that allow you not to keep your hands on the steering wheel when using autopilot
The Teslascope team, who understands Tesla software updates, found something interesting in the latest FSD beta update. Tesla vehicles can now detect devices designed to simulate hands on the steering wheel while the autopilot function is in operation. If such devices are detected, the system will disable the autopilot.
In order to use the beta Autopilot and Full Self-Driving (FSD) features, Tesla requires drivers to keep their hands on the wheel. That being said, the automaker regularly asks drivers to apply some torque to the wheel in order to continue using autopilot.
This prompted some people to use some tricks. Someone just put a water bottle under the steering wheel rim, and some companies even tried to mass-produce special steering wheel pads that fool the Tesla computer.
Because the technology is still in beta and undeniably dangerous if drivers aren’t in control, Tesla is trying to get drivers to take the wheel regularly to be ready to take over.
Tesla is also increasingly using a cab-facing camera for driver attention monitoring, which can detect when drivers are not looking at the road.
The well-known manufacturer of electric vehicles Nio will release its own smartphone. The head of the company is not satisfied with the limitations of the iPhone
The CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the well-known Chinese electric car manufacturer Nio, William Li, has revealed that the company is going to introduce its own smartphone in 2023. He spoke about it at the opening of Nio’s office (called “Nio House” by the company) in Dongguan.
According to William Lee, the company does not intend to compete with traditional smartphone manufacturers, instead Nio will try to make a device with a unique design. Naturally, it will be integrated into the ecosystem – with its help it will be possible to drive the company’s cars. The new model will be released annually.
William Lee stated that one of the reasons for the release of his phone was that the iPhone is limited in millimeter wave (mmWave) support, but this technology is used in Nio cars. It is expected that the cost of “mobile Nio” will not exceed $ 1,000.
Tesla Semi truck weighing more than 36 tons traveled 800 km without recharging
According to Tesla CEO Elon Musk, the developers confirmed in a real experiment that the Semi electric truck can travel 800 km on a single charge in real conditions.
The Tesla team just drove 500 miles (804 km) in an 81,000 lb (36,741 kg) Tesla Semi.
In early October, it was reported that the company was finally manufacturing its Semi electric truck and plans to start shipping it to Pepsi as early as December 1, 2022. The soft drink company ordered 100 electric vehicles in December 2017, just a month after Tesla first introduced the world to its new brainchild.
Tesla promises that the Semi can accelerate from 0 to 96 km/h mph in 20 seconds even when “fully loaded” and maintain “the same speed as on the highway, even on steep climbs.” Elon Musk also promises that you can charge your battery up to 70% in just 30 minutes.
Tesla Semi was first introduced in 2017, and the release of the serial version was postponed several times. Tesla offered a slight update to the production version last summer, but the automaker is expected to release more details, including pricing and specification details.
Tesla has already confirmed that it is going to hold an event dedicated to deliveries of the first Tesla Semi on December 1st.
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