The system still has a long way to go.
The fully autonomous vehicle is becoming less of a pipe dream by the day, and many manufacturers are spending thousands of hours and tons of money on research and development of this game-changing tech. Back in January, GM CEO Mary Barra took a drive in a self-driving Chevrolet Bolt. Not to be outdone, Tesla has been making bold claims about its self-driving tech, but it has been hitting numerous roadblocks (and objects) along the way. In November, one of Tesla's first "Full Self-Driving" (FSD) semi-autonomous vehicles, a Tesla Model Y, was involved in an accident the owner blamed on the car's software, and now we have video proof of another accident involving the company's new autonomous tech.
The video, posted by AI Addict, shows the host driving his Model 3 in downtown San Jose. The car is running version 10.1 of the FSD Beta system. As the car is set to Full Self-Driving mode, it displays some strange inconsistencies. At first, it refuses to take the route that the driver suggests and instead takes a longer route to avoid an apparent difficult turn. It also comes to a near-complete stop at an intersection with no stop signs. To its credit, the car does show signs of impressive insight when it backs up slightly at an intersection when it rolls too far forward, or when it waits for another car to pass so it can make a left-hand turn. A few minutes later, it loses those respect points by jumping a red light.
The accident comes mere seconds later, as the car attempts to make a right turn. As the car makes the turn, it nearly collides with a traffic pylon but manages to barely avoid it. Once the car completes the turn, it decides to go straight at the pylons without any warning. The driver immediately jumps i to stop the car from smashing through the hazard but is fractionally late. As the video shows, the car took some slight damage to the front bumper. As the video continues, the Tesla continues to do dumb stuff like go down a railroad track, and at certain stages just seems to coast into oncoming obstacles. It is impressive to see how far Tesla's tech has come, but judging by this video, this system still has a long way to go.