Tesla's pedestrian detection is shockingly poor.
Tesla doesn't have the best track record when it comes to public demonstrations. Who could forget when the Tesla Cybertruck's window shattered during the truck's public reveal after Elon Musk proudly proclaimed it has bulletproof glass? Tesla's latest embarrassing blunder happened during a recent media event in China testing autonomous braking systems in current models.
Tesla cars are equipped with a plethora of advanced driver assists from lane keep assists and forward-collision warnings to automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection. The Tesla Model 3 is considered to be one of the safest EVs on the road, earning a five-star crash test safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
But as this video posted from the event in China shows, the automatic braking systems in cars don't always work as intended. In the video, the Model 3 approaches a revolving dummy acting as a pedestrian.
The automatic braking system fails to detect the dummy, causing the Model 3 to plow straight into it, dismembering the dummy before coming to a halt. In a separate video, the Model 3 is tested at a pedestrian crossing with similar results. Shown from the cabin, we can see that the system detected the dummy pedestrian but failed to slow the car down in time.
If this was a real pedestrian, they could have been seriously injured or killed. Chinese media claimed that Tesla cars performed "by far the worst" during the automatic emergency braking tests. Tesla charges $8,000 for "full self driving" technology, but there's clearly still a lot of room for improvement.
After all, this isn't the first time we've seen Tesla cars smash into stationary objects after the automatic emergency braking system failed to stop the car in time. To be fair, Tesla isn't the only car company with poor pedestrian technology. Last year, the American Automobile Association tested the pedestrian detection technology in several models, and the results were shocking, to say the least.