These Tesla fans are willing to put children at risk in defense of self-driving

These Tesla fans are willing to put children at risk in defense of self-driving

To show that Tesla’s autonomous driving (FSD) does not oppress children, as others try to make it believe, fans of the brand are asking parents to “lend” their children to prove it.

How do we get to the irony where A Tesla fan is earnestly asking parents on Twitter to ‘loan’ their child, to prove that their self-driving Tesla can’t crush them? Apparently, in the United States, the idea is divided. Some of the brand’s fans are so confident in Tesla’s Fully Self-Driving System that they are willing to take the test, with the risks involved. This is very worrying.

How did we get to this point?

It was the first video of the television campaign, announced on August 9, 2022 and then picked up by some media, which made Tesla’s users to drive independently, called Full Self-Driving, react. This video showed that despite several attempts, the dummy representing the child was systematically beaten by Tesla and drove freely. These protests immediately raised concerns about the dangers of autonomous driving, one more to add to the long list of accusations raised by automated piloting and Fully Self-Driving.

Frequent users of the FSD system quickly objected to this video, considered it fake news, and set out to prove that autonomous driving recognized pedestrians, including children, very well in different configurations.

They began to show, with a cardboard silhouette, that the Tesla slowed down when it detected an obstacle. They also recorded other scenes of daily life in the traffic of the streets of San Franciscopublished on August 10, confirming that the car detected and slowed down properly in the face of a possible danger from a moving pedestrian.

And, going even further in protest, absurdly, they told themselves that it would be necessary to test with real children. So they made an announcement on Twitter.

Tests that prove nothing but Tesla’s blind distraction

Those who follow social networks, forums and other media will have already seen that by criticizing Tesla, one exposes oneself to the passion of the brand’s fans. This is not reserved for Tesla, but the enthusiasm of some is still very visible and sometimes even very worrying.

The fact that Tesla stops well, by examining the child when the FSD autonomous driving is engaged, does not mean that in 100% of the cases, this will be the case. Need we remind you that it still happens that Tesla doesn’t see the biggest and smallest mobile barriers? There are, however, many test videos of Full Self-Driving, in which we see the owner having to regain control.

The system has changed a lot since it came into use, but it is not without fault, especially in an environment where the car has to be present with many elements to analyze.

Two camps are opposing each other, between those who oppose FSD, who want to ban the system, and those who support FSD, ready to do anything to make people believe that the system is perfect. The truth lies between the two. Let’s hope the pro-FSDs, in their quest to prove the effectiveness of the system, don’t end up creating a drama with overconfidence in the technology.