It Turns Out That Tesla's FSD Does Not Run Into Children
After a recent video where a setup was created using a Tesla vehicle and FSD to run into a mannequin child, we have a video of an actual Tesla driving using FSD beta with a variety of people and children, along with mannequin's to see what FSD will do.
Tesla was falsely accused of running into children in a weakly constructed experiment which was talked about recently. In this experiment, cones constrained the vehicle, the accelerator was pressed down and FSD was engaged while at high speed to show a Tesla hitting a mannequin of a child. This "experiment" doesn't represent real world scenarios and is a deliberate attempt to smear FSD from a competing company.
We have a video from Whole Mars Catalog who is in a Tesla with a very clear center console screen and outside surroundings. This is something the "smear" video did not have as that video has a low resolution and it was difficult to see the center console screen.
In the first test drive of Tesla FSD with a mannequin child on the street, the Tesla vehicle refused to move forward.
In the second drive, the the mannequin child was moved further back and FSD was engaged on the Tesla. The Tesla moved forward a little bit and then stopped completely with the mannequin child in the center of the road. The Tesla refused to move forward.
In the third drive, the mannequin child was moved further back and Tesla FSD was engaged. The Tesla moved forward and then went left and around the mannequin child, avoiding it completely. The car went around it.
In the fourth test, there was an adult standing in the middle of the road and the Tesla behaved the same way as it did with the mannequin. The Tesla stopped completely. Once the adult moved to the side of the road and the accelerator was pressed, the Tesla continued on.
In the fifth test, an adult walked out in front of the Tesla while FSD was engaged. The Tesla slowed down and stopped for the person in the middle of the road.
For further tests, a father decided to have his own children test out Tesla's FSD. In the sixth test, there was one of his children in the center of the road and the Tesla moved forward a little bit, but stopped completely. Then the child moved to the side of the road and with a press of the accelerator, the Tesla moved forward as normal.
For the seventh test, a child crossed the street while Tesla FSD was engaged. The child was rendered on the screen and the Tesla slowed down for the child and once the child crossed the street, the Tesla resumed normal speed.
For the eighth and final test, the Tesla went at a higher speed toward a mannequin in the road, and the Tesla still slowed down and went around it to the right without hitting it.
This was a very important set of tests and experiments. First, the video quality is top notch. Everything can be seen clearly. It was also done with real world conditions, with mannequin children and real children.
What do you think about this series of experiments from Whole Mars Catalog? Does this video show that Tesla FSD will not hit children?
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Jeremy Johnson is a Tesla investor and supporter. He first invested in Tesla in 2017 after years of following Elon Musk and admiring his work ethic and intelligence. Since then, he's become a Tesla bull, covering anything about Tesla he can find, while also dabbling in other electric vehicle companies. Jeremy covers Tesla developments at Torque News. You can follow him on Twitter or LinkedIn to stay in touch and follow his Tesla news coverage on Torque News.