People Are Now Testing Tesla’s ‘Full Self Driving’ on Real Kids

North Carolina resident came out to refute a widely circulated Video With the company “Tesla”full self-driving“The beta software – which allows the car to steer, brake and accelerate, but require an attentive human driver ready to take the wheel – plows into child-sized mannequins.
Dan O’Dowd, CEO of a software company that published the video earlier this month, think The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration should ban “absolute self-driving” until Tesla CEO Elon Musk “proves it won’t bite kids.”
That’s when Kapani, who runs an auto shop focused on imports and Tesla, got involved and enlisted his son. While he’s a self-described “BMW guy,” Kapani says the software can’t compare to what Tesla is offering. It wasn’t the first time he had involved his son, who Kapani said is 11, in a potentially viral car attempt: earlier this year. she posted a video Driving his son’s Model S Plaid – which can reach 0-60 in 1.99 seconds – in a private parking lot. It has been viewed over 250,000 times.

“Some people look at it and say, ‘Hey this crazy dad, what’s he doing? Kapani told CNN Business. “Well, I do a lot of stuff like this, but I’m going to make sure my kid doesn’t get hit.”

Kapani test filmed Of “full self-driving” in the parking lot. His son stood near the end of the aisle holding a smartphone while filming the trial. Kapani accelerated the Tesla from the other side and turned on “full self-driving” to reach 35 mph. Tesla braked sharply and came to a complete stop – well ahead of his son.
Kapani did another test On the road with his son using Autopilot, Tesla driver-assist software, and found it turned off for his son as well. “This Dan guy, he says he’s an expert in this, expert in that,” Kapani said. “Well, I’m an expert in Automotive, Future Technology, Pro Driving Instructor.”
Kapani is among several Tesla supporters who took issue with O’Dowd’s video, and set out to create tests of their own. Some asked their children to help. Others built or used homemade mannequins Flying doll.
The passionate safety and criticism of “full self-driving” highlights how the technology has become a flashpoint in the industry. California DMV It recently stated that the name “full self-driving” is misleading and grounds for suspending or revoking Tesla’s license to sell the vehicle in the state. Ralph Nader, whose criticism of the auto industry in the 1960s helped create the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), this month joined a group of critics of “full self-driving.”

But it’s yet another example of the unintended consequence of deploying an unfinished, disruptive technology in the wild — and shows how far some Tesla believers are willing to go to protect it and the company. Many appeared to be following their own experiments after a government agency took the extraordinary step of warning people not to use children to test the car’s technology.

“Consumers should never attempt to create their own test scenarios or test the performance of vehicle technology to real people, and especially to children,” NHTSA said in a statement on Wednesday. The agency called the approach “highly dangerous.”

Tesla’s test

Earlier this month, California resident Tad Park noticed that another Tesla enthusiast wanted to test out “full self-driving” with a child, and volunteered his two children. Park told CNN Business that it was “a little difficult” for his wife to agree. When he promised to drive the vehicle, she agreed.

“I’m never one to push boundaries because my kids are more valuable to me than anything,” Park said. “I’m not going to risk their lives in any way.”

Park’s TrialsThe , unlike O’Dowd’s, started with the Tesla at 0 mph. Tesla stopped at all of the park’s tests ahead of its two children included in the video, including a 5-year-old. Park said he wasn’t comfortable doing a high-speed test of 40 mph — like O’Dowd demonstrated using mannequins with his kids.
Toronto resident Franklin Cadamuro created a “Box Boy,” a childlike form made from old Amazon cardboard boxes. “Don’t blame me for what the car does or doesn’t do,” he posted the beginning of his video, “I’m a big Tesla fan.”
One "full self-driving"  One "box boy" Test it on the mannequin - a childlike look crafted by Franklin Cadamuro from an old Amazon cardboard box.

His Tesla slowed down as the “box boy” approached. Then he accelerated again and collided with his cardboard effigy. Cadamuro speculates that this may be because the cameras cannot see the small boxes once in front of the bumper, and therefore forget they were there.

Human children learn at about eight months that an object is out of sight for many years before they can qualify for a driver’s license. But the capability may still be far from certain artificial intelligence systems such as Tesla’s “full self-driving”. another tesla fan Got a similar result.

Cadamuro said that his video started out as entertainment. But he wanted people to see that “full self-driving” isn’t right.

“I think a lot of people have two extreme views of a ‘full self-driving’ beta,” Cadamuro said. “People like Dan think it’s the worst thing in the world. I know some dudes who think it’s perfect.”

Cadamuro said he also conducted other tests in which his Tesla, traveling at high speed, was effectively moving around a “box boy”.

According to Carnegie Mellon University professor Rajkumar Rajkumar, who researches autonomous vehicles, quickly and accurately detecting small objects such as small children will generally be more difficult for computer vision systems to perceive than larger objects and adults. , such as what Tesla vehicles rely on.

The more pixels an object takes up in a camera image, the more information the system has to detect features and identify the object. The system will also be affected by the data on which it is trained, such as how many images of young children it is exposed to.

“Computer vision with machine learning is not 100% foolproof,” Rajkumar said. “Like a diagnosis of a disease, there are always false positives and negatives.”

Tesla did not respond to a request for comment and does not generally engage with professional news media.

“Wild West Chaos Rules”

After criticism from Tesla fans of his original tests, O’Dowd released another video this month.

Some Tesla supporters criticized O’Dowd’s use of cones as lane markings in his original test, which may have limited the sedan’s ability to drive around a mannequin. Others claimed that O’Dowd’s test driver forced Tesla to hit the mannequin by pushing the accelerator, which was not visible in the video released by O’Dowd. Some Tesla enthusiasts also pointed to blurry messages on the Tesla vehicle’s screen as a sign that O’Dowd’s test driver was pushing the accelerator to rigged the test.

Dan O'Dowd tests with mannequins and says it shows that "full self-driving"  crushes children.

O’Dowd told CNN Business that blurry messages mention supercharging being unavailable and uneven tire wear. CNN Business could not independently verify what the message said because O’Dowd provided no crisp video of what happened in the car during the tests.

in my second video, O’Dowd tested without the cone on a residential street and showed off the Tesla’s interior, including the accelerator pedal. Like O’Dowd’s other tests, the Tesla hit the baby effigy.
O’Dowd regretted in an interview with CNN Business earlier this year that no industry testing body checks code for “full self-driving.” US government There is no performance standard For automated driver-assistance technology such as Autopilot.

O’Dowd is the founder of the Dawn Project, an effort to make computers safe for humanity. He was unsuccessful as a candidate for the US Senate this year, particularly in a campaign centered on his criticism of “absolute self-driving”.

NHTSA is currently investigating Tesla’s driver-assistance technology for further changes.

“The software that controls the lives of billions of people in self-driving cars has to be the best software ever written,” O’Dowd said. “We’re using absolute, Wild West anarchy rules and we’ve got something that’s pretty terrifying.”