More Tesla FSD FUD - What Is Real and What Is Not?
More Tesla FSD FUD - What Is Real and What Is Not?
There was a recent video on CNBC, with Taylor Organ, using Tesla FSD Beta. There's been a lot of controversy over this video and the perceived negative nature of it. Tesla bulls submit that FSD is much better than portrayed in the video. Taylor portrays FSD as a problem and that it shouldn't be allowed to test on public roads. Let's go over what is real and what is not.
In the video, we see a CNBC news reporter sitting in the front seat without a seat belt, filming the drive. The very first thing that happened is FSD passed a bus that was in the right lane. Immediately, Taylor was saying geez and how close Tesla was to the bus. In this case, I think the Tesla did the right thing - it stayed clear of the bus just barely and stayed as much in the lane as it could.
There was another scene of Tesla FSD trying to change lanes in an intersection and the news reporter saying Tesla FSD is anything but full self-driving. Which is true... It is not autonomous. It's Beta software that is being tested. That's why it isn't fully released.
The news then went on to say that other autonomous vehicles have professional drivers - without saying what the qualifications of a professional driver are. It is also stated that Tesla is bold for doing FSD, but also taking a huge risk putting incomplete software on the roads.
The Future of Autonomy and Further Driving
The news anchor said that how Tesla introduces autopilot and FSD is confusing. She then goes on to explain some of the features of autopilot. FSD is sold for $12,000, and includes automatic lane changing, automatic parking, and smart summon. The FSD Beta also has autosteer on city streets and traffic light and stop sign control.
I'm puzzled at what is confusing there. The news anchor in the video very clearly explained what the features of autopilot are and what the features of FSD are. She says that none of these packages make a Tesla vehicle autonomous. A Tesla driver is responsible at ALL times for the control of the vehicle.
Taylor, in the car, thinks it is unbelievable that Tesla vehicles could become a robotaxi. He has a demeanor about him that almost wants Tesla FSD to fail and not win the race to autonomy. Why is this? It's anybody's guess... But I've learned that everyone has a reason for the things they do and I wouldn't be surprised if Taylor has investments with Lidar companies, or other autonomous companies. Why else would he be so critical of FSD?
There was also interjection from Consumer Reports. They covered the cabin camera in order to try and game Tesla's system. The cabin camera is used to monitor the driver and make sure the driver is paying attention. My question is, why would you cover the cabin camera? It makes no sense to do that. After a block of driving, the car made a warning sound.
There was another part of Taylor's drive where the car was passing an intersection and the car stopped suddenly. I think the reason for this was because the pedestrian took a step forward, which Tesla FSD Beta is likely going to calculate that they could go out in front of the car.
So far in the video, there is no footage of the car doing successful maneuvers and driving. We're seeing a lot of sudden stops and cars hoking at the driver in the Tesla. There was also a roundabout and the Tesla didn't make the right turn.
Finally, they showed a second roundabout with a successful maneuver. This was just over 10 minutes into the video. There was also another video of the car knocking over a small pillar.
There was then successful maneuvers at 4-way stop signs and intersections. Most of the video was focused on problems and making any problem prominent and focusing on it.
FSD Does Have Problems, But Not This Many
FSD Beta does make mistakes, but it's not constantly making mistakes as this video portrayed. I've seen many videos from Tesla FSD Beta testers with no interventions. This video was overly negative in order to try and shine a spotlight on any and all problems FSD Beta may have.
There has been no reported accidents with FSD Beta, although some sources say that there are 2 now reported accidents on NHTSA. Many times, when there is an accident on autopilot, it's because the driver is under the influence or doing something they shouldn't be - like going greatly over the speed limit.
I think the answer is somewhere in the middle. FSD Beta does a lot of things well and gets some things wrong. It does make mistakes and requires intervention at times. But it isn't constant intervention all the time like the first 10 minutes of this video showed. As with all things, when trying to gain an understanding, look at all perspectives and try to find the truth from all those perspectives.
I'm looking forward to seeing the progress of FSD!
Is the video of FSD Beta as bad as it is made out to be? Is it as great as others make it out to be?
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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.