Watch Tesla Autopilot Paint The World In Color As It Autonomously Drives Through A City
Tesla has put a ton of work into its Autopilot technology. Vehicles equipped with Autopilot have eight surround cameras providing a 360-degree view of the surrounding at up to 250 meters away. They also feature a dozen ultrasonic sensors to complement the cameras, allowing for the detection of both hard and soft objects at the twice the distance of the previous system. To top things off, there's a forward-facing radar with enhanced processing to feed additional data into the Autopilot system, allowing it to navigate even through heavy rain, fog, and dust.
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It can sometimes be hard to put into words how a technology works. Tesla's done that on numerous occasions, but it also just released a video showing a Model S commuting through local roads filled with traffic from the perspective of its Autopilot mode. Objects the Autopilot cameras identify, things such as cars and other potential hazards along with roadway signs, are color coded.
There are two versions out there. The first is a shorter two-minute video with Yakety Sax music (popularized by Benny Hill) playing in the background (see above), and the second is a longer (and arguably better) three-and-a-half minute video cruising to Paint It, Black by The Rolling Stones (see below).
It's neat to see how the world looks to Autopilot, though not everyone is as keen on Tesla's autonomous technology as the automaker is. Mobileye parted ways with Tesla not longer the first death was reported of a driving using Autopilot, with its CEO Amnon Shashua later accusing Tesla of "pushing the envelope in terms of safety."
Volvo also called into question the overall safety of Autopilot, and there are concerns in general by critics of autonomous technologies across the board. Even so, there is data to suggest that self-driving cars are far less prone to cause accidents than human drivers.