Autopilot Buddy merely provides bodyweight to just one facet of the steering
The National Freeway Targeted visitors Safety Administration has issued a cease-and-desist letter to a firm that sells a Tesla Autopilot “nag reduction gadget.”
The Autopilot Buddy is just a pair of weights that connect to one aspect of the steering wheel, tricking Tesla’s torque sensor into pondering a human’s hand is on the wheel. Drivers therefore avoid the visible and audible warnings if their hands are actually not on the wheel.
“A product or service supposed to circumvent motor auto security and driver attentiveness is unacceptable,” says NHTSA deputy administrator Heidi King. “By protecting against the safety procedure from warning the driver to return their hands to the wheel, this product disables an vital safeguard, and could put clients and other highway consumers at risk.”
The makers of the Autopilot Buddy confess the unit “restricts designed-in protection functions” but claim it is for “monitor use only.” It is now only available for intercontinental potential buyers, with a seemingly steep value tag of $200.
Some protection advocates have alleged Tesla’s Autopilot method is deceptive and does not go significantly ample to prevent drivers from ignoring the disclaimers and palms-on warnings.
The business recently current its software package to repeat the ‘nagging’ warnings much more normally. CEO Elon Musk argues Autopilot advertising and marketing is not deceptive, even so, and the awareness-grabbing incidents have associated drivers who “get too utilized to it” and start off to feel they know more about Autopilot’s abilities than they in fact do. As semi-autonomous programs grow to be extra capable, the inclination for some drivers to ignore warnings and consider much more threats will probably maximize.
Sigh. This is crux of make any difference: are unable to make process much too troublesome or individuals will not use it, negatively influencing safety, but also won’t be able to permit individuals to get much too complacent or basic safety once again suffers. Most current update ought to have a constructive outcome on latter difficulty in particular.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 10, 2018