Re: A solution looking for a problem
Autopilot never tires, never gets distracted, never stops doing what it is trained to do.
It maintains continuous 360 degree awareness (not in the hand wavy is it AI way, but in the sensor suite based ML way).
It learns from all incidents driven, by all drivers (machine and otherwise) in the entire fleet of Tesla vehicles (since AP is always making decisions, it just gets to say “oh, I’d have handled that differently” and upload).
It therefore has millions of miles more experience than any human could ever hope to achieve.
You don’t add the flaws together, you basically entirely eliminate one set. When I see a report that a Tesla was weaving across the street because it went to a back street charger for some hallucinogenic electrons then we can have a different discussion.
Yes fundamentally all AP errors are human errors because we made it, but the number of them in vanishingly small. Can you imagine a proper full scale air crash investigation into each and every fatal rti (let’s just limit this to fatal for the moment). Combined with grounding all cars between investigations?
Would be great, the streets would be empty of tin boxes and motons, leaving people to move around.
Douglas Adams had a character name themselves Ford Prefect and try to introduce themselves to a car…. They do appear to be the dominant life form on the planet.
Is Autopilot a level 5 system? No
Does that mean it’s inherently bad? No
Does that mean we shouldn’t eliminate the cause of all accidents? Absolutely not.
Do people hold it to a higher standard than a human? Yes, despite the fact that widespread deployment would already make roads safer - not to mention more accessible for more people.