After several news and reports of controversies surrounding Tesla’s autopilot system, Tesla came up with a new monitoring system using the small camera above the rearview mirror for the drivers using the autopilot mode. The system is to be launched with the new Model 3 and Model Y to ensure that the drivers pay attention and are still engaged with the driving system while using the advanced autopilot mode on the Tesla.
Prior to the launch of this system, Tesla had another way of determining whether the driver is paying attention or not which seems to be a very simple mechanism made possible by the use of the torque sensors on the steering wheel, used to note the resistance applied on the wheel when the autopilot mode is engaged. If the system noticed that the wheel has been free without any resistance for too long, the cars advanced system will give the driver warnings to be present.
The camera that is to be used for monitoring was present earlier but had no special use as a driver monitoring system as told by the cars’ manuals. But the new vehicles are informing the drivers that the camera will be used to monitor the driver’s activities so that they will be kept in check. As reported by a second-time buyer Kevin Smith from Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
There were also several tweets from the vehicle users that the sensors in the steering were still active. However, other automobile giants such as Ford and General Motors also use the driver tracking system working with cameras that use the eye-tracking system to ensure that drivers are paying attention while using the automatic driving features on the vehicle.
With this update, the other thing that grabs attention along with the new update is the timing of the update; Tesla came up with the updates at a time when it was being questioned about the safety of its vehicles and the effectiveness of the automatic driving system. The organization is confronting many government tests into the hidden reasons for Tesla-included accidents in the U.S., some of which may have involved the use of Autopilot.
Tesla doesn’t characterize the expression “driver inattentiveness ” that it utilizes in the delivery notes or what occurs in the event that it concludes somebody isn’t giving adequate consideration. Many independent users of Tesla cars had tested the under development system. They concluded that the camera system was not very good at detecting movements in low light but worked well when the driver’s attention was divided because of reasons like being engaged with the phone.
Though Teslas user manual warns the drivers that the auto-driving mode needs “Active supervision”, but there have been numerous cases showing drivers sleeping in the back seat carelessly or not paying any attention while the car is driving itself, evident in the viral videos on social media. Who is to be blamed for careless behaviour? In our opinion, the marketing team of Tesla is to be blamed as much as the drivers not practising the safety measures.
Elon Musk’s auto business sells its driver help frameworks under the brand names Autopilot and Full-Self Driving, or FSD, a discretionary $10,000 overhaul. Tesla additionally offers a few drivers who paid for FSD the alternative to attempt incomplete driver help highlights in its FSD Beta program, adequately transforming them into beta analyzers.
The National Transportation Safety Board has approached Tesla to stop beta-testing on open streets utilizing clients instead of experts and to add strong driver checking to its vehicles. Although Tesla is all set to move the new system on roads, it is still unclear that it follows the safety standards set by the NTSB.