Thousands of Telsa owners reveal both the disastrous and life-saving moments they have experienced while driving on Autopilot.
A Model 3 owner from Alabama was cruising along a highway with a state gangster behind him.
The driver's road was not obstructed by anything, but the autopilot sensors suddenly activated the brakes.
Only the quick thinking of the driver prevented an accident from behind when the Tesla owner pressed his foot on the accelerator to suppress the system.
In Florida, a Model 3 driver had a very different experience and was saved by his vehicle.
Thousands of Tesla Model 3 (photo) owners revealed their experiences with the autopilot function of the vehicle in a Bloomberg survey
The driver describes his car in an inexplicable way because of the Autopilot function.
The car in front of them swam out of the lane and revealed that a stationary car was in the lane.
The Tesla sensors had seen the danger from afar and avoided the crash without human input.
As part of a four-part series, Bloomberg 5,000 Model 3 owners surveyed about their experiences with Tesla & # 39; s software for automatic driving on parking lots and highways.
Of that number, 1,600 people shared their close telephone conversation with the Autopilot feature that Tesla CEO Eles Musk says will lead the world into a new era of transportation.
The stories illustrate the gray area in which the Tesla Autopilot function is located when customers enter a period of automatic driving.
The function can perform life-saving maneuvers and glitch just as quickly in ways that can endanger drivers.
According to the survey, 13 percent of owners say Autopilot has put them at risk, while 28 percent say it saved them from dangerous situations.
Six drivers admit that Autopilot has contributed to a collision, while nine owners say the system has kept them alive.
Shown: a Bloomberg image that illustrates the surveyor's thoughts about the Autopilot function in vehicles of model 3
Hundreds of owners shared dangerous system behavior that they had on Autopilot, including phantom breach, not stopping for a traffic hazard and veering.
A driver in California said: “During one of his automatic lanes turning into a lane behind a semi, he SLAM for no reason on my brakes. The cars behind me managed to prevent me from finishing in the rear.
Another said: & # 39; It seemed to make risky choices when an unusual situation occurs, such as a missing lane line or a truck that suddenly appears in your lane. & # 39;
& # 39; Sometimes it catches a car in a different lane and, if that car goes considerably slower, it will break violently & # 39 ;, said a driver in Minnesota.
Other owners had more positive episodes.
& # 39; The car detected an accumulation in the fog and switched on the brakes / alarmed driver and started a lane change to avoid this before I took it over. I believe it saved my life & # 39 ;, said a California driver.
A Colorado owner said: & # 39; A deer jump & # 39; on a dark road in front of me at night. By the time my foot moved to the brake pedal, it was already pressed against the floor! & # 39;
Regardless of the incident, Model 3 owners rated Autopilot high in overall assessments.
The car received a 4.49 out of five for Autopilot safety and a 4.15 for & # 39; Full Self Driving & # 39 ;.
The only category that was lower than a four was the & # 39; Navigate on Autopilot Reliability & # 39; who came in at 3.89.
90 percent of the Model 3 drivers say that the Tesla software for automatic driving in parking places and highways makes them feel safer.
Tesla currently offers two Autopilot function packages. The basic version comes with standard tools, including automatic lane control and advanced cruise control.
The second package can be purchased with an upgrade of $ 7,000 and includes & # 39; Full Self-Driving & # 39 ;.
Thanks to Full Self-Driving, model 3 owners can receive frequent software updates with which the car can ultimately drive itself.
At most, Model 3 cars can now navigate on Autopilot, which allows the vehicle to change lanes, pass slower cars, change highways, and steer on exits.
However, some critics find Autopilot dangerous and are fervent against the position.
Eles Musk, CEO of Tesla (photo), says that the company's cars learn from & # 39; real-world & # 39; training and that the new feature & # 39; Smart Summon & # 39; will have upgrades in the coming weeks
Waymo, a subsidiary of Alphabet Inc., believes that the transition from the Tesla to self-driving tools makes drivers complacent in their supervision of the system.
Waymo has been convinced for more than ten years that cars drive or do people themselves, without middle ground.
Some critics accuse the company of using driver & # 39; s as guinea pigs.
Musk replied that practical training is the fastest way to end car accidents and vehicle accidents.
Last year alone, 40,000 America and 1.4 million people worldwide died in car accidents.
Tesla & # 39; s neural network computers require training with huge amounts of real-word information collected from customers.
When the company adds a new element to Autopilot, it is deployed to a small group of & # 39; early access & # 39; customers.
Data captured in their cars are used to refine the function as access is expanded and more improvements are added.
All Tesla cars are supplied with a version of Autopilot and drivers have registered about 2 billion miles with the feature.
This summer, Tesla & # 39; Smart Summon & # 39; revealed, a feature that allows drivers to & # 39; call & # 39; using the Tesla app on a smartphone.
The car steers to the owner's location without a driver sitting in the vehicle while navigating around other vehicles and pedestrians.
Immediately, social media were flooded with video & # 39; s from Tesla & # 39; s awkwardly roaming through parking lots with varying success.
A driver told Bloomberg that the call function was like a & # 39; nervous teenager with a learning permit & # 39 ;.
Parking spaces are difficult for computers to read because rules are sometimes thrown aside.
70 percent of Bloomberg surveyors believe the & # 39; Smart Summon & # 39; while less than half think it is reliable
Drivers regularly ignore road markings and drive on the wrong side of the road.
The space is full of moving obstacles such as other cars, pedestrians, shopping carts and prams.
Yet 70 percent of owners say that the & # 39; Smart Summon & # 39; was useful and 41 percent said it was reliable for the average driver.
& # 39; Although the software is absolutely beta right now, it is good enough to be used under the supervision of a driver & quot ;, & quot; a driver said.
& # 39; It is an absolute precursor to fully self-driving and will become more reliable over time in the same way as Navigate on Autopilot. & # 39;
One person believed it was a & # 39; cool & # 39; function, but still needed a few tweaks.
& # 39; It is cool and exciting to see, but it is not something that I would try to use at the moment in a busy parking lot. It is not fast enough, both speed and decision making. & # 39;
Others have had negative reactions to the call function.
& # 39; On my first attempt (for a couple of workmen) the car decided to drive over a red curb to a central reservation. The rim got some red rash and the rocker panel was damaged, & they said.
Musk reported that drivers used the Smart Summon feature more than a million times since the October 24 call.
He promises that the position will undergo a major upgrade in the coming weeks.
While the Bloomberg survey focused on the Tesla Model 3, other versions have also reported some problems.
In Memphis, Tennessee, a Tesla Model S owner claims that his car had a mind of its own and drove itself before crashing into the wrong garage.
Visanji T. Gala of Tennessee claims that his Tesla Model S went into the wrong garage, despite trying to steer in another direction
Visanji T. Gala told Inside EVS that he has three garages and his Tesla decided to & # 39; Garage 1 & # 39; to drive while trying to & # 39; Garage 3 & # 39; to become.
He said: & # 39; As if he were possessed by a demon, the Tesla had his own opinion and decided to go to Garage 1. I hoped it would stop if the door was closed. & # 39;
& # 39; I did my best to send it to Garage 3, but I had no control over the wheel. It just wouldn't admit it. I tried to brake, but even the brakes didn't work. & # 39;
Gala: & # 39; As if it was possessed by a demon, the Tesla had its own opinion and decided to go to Garage 1 & # 39;
The Tesla is said to have been rammed into a treadmill and passed through a side wall of a utility room.
At the time of the crash, Gala said he was not in autopilot mode, but his vehicle was still driving on its own initiative.
Moreover, Gala is worried because the airbags were not activated during the accident.
The vehicle reportedly broke against a wall and damaged both the structure and the exterior of the car
& # 39; I have no idea what happened. I suspect some kind of malfunction. I am in shock, really stunned to explain or understand what happened. I tried to tweet Elon Musk. & # 39;
Gala reportedly called Tesla and was told that his insurance will handle the incident and that Tesla will not provide services.
It is unclear how or why Gala & # 39; s car has acted as it did.
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