Video: Tesla Autopilot runs over several child dummies in simple tests

Testing was done on a 2019 Tesla Model 3.

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In results that are what is known in the industry as “less than ideal”, A test of Tesla’s autopilot system shows the vehicle running over child dummies in “a manner that would be fatal to a real child.”“.

Investigation by security group The Dawn Project put a 2019 Tesla Model 3 to the test at Willow Springs International Raceway in Rosamond, California.

Placed in full autonomous driving mode once it reached 40 miles per hour, the car was sent between a row of traffic cones 109 meters (120 yards) long, straight towards a child-sized mannequin waiting at the end.

Here are the results of the tests carried out on the Tesla 2019 Model 3:

“To isolate the situation, all variables except the vehicle, the child, and the road itself were removed,” The Dawn Project wrote in its report.

“This made the test environment more favorable for FSD [conducción autónoma total]as a real-world setting may include distracting elements such as other moving vehicles, weather, signage, parked cars, shadows, etc.”

Nevertheless, in all three tests, the vehicle failed to avoid the dummyhitting at an average speed of 25 mph, according to the Dawn Project.

“This is the worst commercial software I have ever seen,” The Dawn Project founder Dan O’Dowd said in a statement, adding, “We need regulations that ban self-driving cars from driving on our roads until the manufacturer shows that it will not run over children in crosswalks.”

“Elon Musk says Tesla’s fully self-driving software is ‘incredible.’ It is not. It is a lethal threat to all Americans. More than 100,000 Tesla drivers are already using the car’s fully autonomous driving mode on public roads, putting children at great risk in communities across the country,” he added.

According to the report, the vehicle performs worse than would be expected from humans on the same task. Musk has previously said that fully autonomous models, requiring no intervention from a human driver, will be ready by May 2023.

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