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Tesla fails Autopilot test: Teddy at the wheel mows down children's dummy

2023-08-11T06:19:08.890Z

Highlights: A YouTuber tests Tesla's Autopilot and uncovers frightening flaws. Even a teddy bear at the wheel can deceive the system. YouTube tester also shows that it doesn't seem to matter who or what is in the driver's seat: the Tesla drives. And also rivets the children's dummy every time. The results of the test are frightening. The test video was carried out in collaboration with the Dawn Project. The head of this organization is Dan O'Dowd, a critic of Tesla.



Status: 11.08.2023, 07:59 a.m.

By: Patricia Huber

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A YouTuber tests Tesla's Autopilot and uncovers frightening flaws. Even a teddy bear at the wheel can deceive the system.

Austin – Tesla's Autopilot has received a lot of criticism in the past – especially when it comes to experiences with so-called "full self-driving". Contrary to what the name suggests, this is only an assistance system in the electric cars. But this does not seem to work flawlessly by far.

Tesla Autopilot: No braking with children's dummy

Again and again there were accidents in connection with the Tesla Autopilot. Therefore, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA) had already conducted investigations into the full self-driving system. A YouTuber's test now also shows how easy it is to trick the autopilot of e-cars.

In his test, the YouTuber with the channel name AI Addict had a Tesla drive on Autopilot on a test track several times. Normally, a person still has to sit behind the wheel in order to be able to intervene in an emergency. But it doesn't seem to be that exact. Without further ado, the YouTuber simply puts a teddy bear in the driver's seat – and the car drives without any problems.

But that's not all: To put the Tesla Autopilot to the test, AI Addict also simulates an accident. Thus, the car – with Teddy at the wheel – drives along a straight road. From the side, a child dummy then runs onto the track. But the autopilot reacts far too slowly and drives the doll around with full force – several times.

Tesla drives without a driver in the seat: test with frightening result

In the further course, the YouTube tester also shows that it doesn't seem to matter who or what is in the driver's seat. Whether it's a teddy bear, a unicorn stuffed animal or a balloon in the shape of a champagne bottle: the Tesla drives. And also rivets the children's dummy every time. The results of the test are frightening.

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However, it is also important to mention that the test video was carried out in collaboration with the Dawn Project. As efahrer.com reports, the head of this organization is Dan O'Dowd. The tech billionaire is known as a critic of Tesla and Tesla's Autopilot. Nevertheless, the events shown in the video are unambiguous. Obviously, Tesla still has to work on this. (ph)

Source: merkur

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