Tesla Inc. says (as reported 17 April 2018):
“All you will need to do is get in and tell your car where to go,” Tesla’s ordering page says. “Your Tesla will figure out the optimal route, navigate urban streets (even without lane markings), manage complex intersections with traffic lights, stop signs and roundabouts, and handle densely packed freeways with cars moving at high speed.”
“Self-Driving functionality is dependent upon extensive software validation and regulatory approval, which may vary widely by jurisdiction,” the page says. “It is not possible to know exactly when each element of the functionality described above will be available, as this is highly dependent on local regulatory approval.”
But “It is not possible to know exactly when each element of the functionality described above will be available.“. But why not? Well, because Tesla hasn’t got the faintest clue how to create safe functionality.
Why does Tesla lie so much? Money? That has to be part of it, for sure. But also there’s no doubt there’s there’s a huge amount of optimism inside he sales apparatus of Tesla Inc. But why should optimism equal endless lying? Sure, the Muskovites are in the business of selling the future. But why couch the sales pitch as lies about current production, and what is going to be rolled out tomorrow afternoon? There’s a serious ethical problem in the Musk frontal lobe.
Anyway, on the topic of Tesla sophistry:
1. “Your Tesla will figure out the optimal route“. Well, maybe – if there are no detours, traffic jams it doesn’t know about, accidents, unknown roadworks, etc., etc., etc., etc., etc., etc. But maybe in the Tesla lexicon, “optimal route” doesn’t mean what everyone else in the known Universe understands by “optimal route”. Maybe it means any route Tesla feels like calling “optimal”.
2. “navigate urban streets (even without lane markings)“. To be clear, “navigate” means? Follow a map like a ship navigates? Travel along the appropriate streets to get from A to B? But what about not crash into other cars along the way? What about not smash into concrete barriers clearly visible just in front? What about not get decapitated by a large white truck the AI system mistakes for bright sky? Is that included in navigate? Or maybe “navigating” simply means whatever Tesla Inc ordains that it means. One could have a debate.
3. “manage complex intersections with traffic lights, stop signs and roundabouts“. Manage. How does one manage an intersection (complex or not)? Does it mean give way when the law requires? Does it mean something else? What about “safely drive through intersections with traffic lights, stop signs and roundabouts”? What about that? Why not say that? Safety is surely the issue. Why not use the word “safely”? Why use the word “Manage”? One smells the rank odor of a lawyer, here.
And those are one breed of creature Tesla is sure to need quite a lot of.