Tesla is planning to offer a free trial for Autopilot

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Tesla owners without Autopilot may get an unexpected chance to try out the company’s self-driving system. At a shareholder meeting today, Elon Musk announced plans for a free trial of Autopilot to be released “within the next couple months.” He did not elaborate on terms or length of the trial. Enhanced Autopilot costs an additional $5,000 at purchase in the current generation of Teslas, or an additional $1,000 if it’s purchased after the car itself.

Tesla’s Autopilot is still under active development, and Musk promised significant improvements in a new version to be rolled out to drivers this month, with even more significant updates in the months to come. “The reliability and capability of Autopilot will increase exponentially over the next six to twelve months,” Musk predicted. “The improvements are very rapid.”

Tesla’s Autopilot has come under fire in recent months after a fatal crash in March, in which a driver crashed headfirst into a safety barrier on Highway 101. Tesla has pledged to regularly release safety data as the Autopilot system develops, moving towards the goal of a fully autonomous fleet by the end of 2019.

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verb (used with object), met·ed, met·ing.
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How about he offers benefits and worker safety for his employees, first? And then, perhaps, stops attacking journalists for revealing those abuses.

Tech blogs are chomping at the bit for this…. All the advert hits for the next wave of autopilot accidents.

"The reliability and capability of Autopilot will increase exponentially over the next six to twelve months," Musk predicted. "The improvements are very rapid."

Never heard that before.

It’s true though; More data in, better results out. If they can rapidly increase the amount of data brought in though varying scenarios and locations, "The reliability and capability of Autopilot will increase exponentially over the next six to twelve months,".

That being said there is a risk that idiots will miss use it, or errors will occur at a higher rate on the upswing of their data input. Maybe they should be selective about who they offer it to — like golden ticket style on the screen when they start up the vehicle — and offer it to drivers with good driving records.

Musk has said the same thing multiple times over the years and autopilot to this day is arguably no better than it was back in the MobileEye days. I’ll believe it when I see it.

Maybe a year ago your statement was true.

I can’t say you are wrong but do you have any data to back this opinion up? I say this because it’s not just Musk who says this — every developer I have ever worked with or know says the exact same thing — More data = Better results.

Well you gotta have a system that is capable of getting you where you want to get to. All of the data in the world is useless if you began with the wrong hardware. With NVIDIA saying they don’t have the cpu power and autopilot not having LIDAR…. they have a long road to go….obviously. We are halfway through the year and they still have not been able to get a car to drive from coast to coast. This was promised to be done last year. They didn’t have the cajones to drive on Cali roads at all last year. This should speak volumes to EVERYONE. Their system still cannot detect static objects at highway speeds. Their system still slams on the brakes when it doesn’t need to. They skew and cherry pick statistics to make us think their cars are safer than they are. etc.

When I say I’ll believe it when I see it, I am not hating. It is more of a massive disappointment kinda thing.

That’s fair, thanks for the details. I thought the hardware was promising even without LIDAR but you are right that they haven’t hit a lot of promised milestones.

"The reliability and capability of Autopilot will increase exponentially over the next six to twelve months," Musk predicted. "The improvements are very rapid."

There’s an old saying in Tennessee. I know it’s in Texas, probably in Tennessee, it says, "Fool me once, shame on… shame on you. Fool me… can’t get fooled again."

Lol. Oh Dub Ya!

Fool me three times / fuck the peace signs…

Pity it’s so hard for an non-US resident to get a test drive in a Model 3

Lol, a free death trap trial. How enticing is that!

AKA people have stopped paying to beta test our Autopilot and get killed and maimed by by it. Please try it, we need the data!

They already did. I used Autopilot free for a month about a year ago. Convinced me.

Enhanced Autopilot costs an additional $5,000 at purchase in the current generation of Teslas, or an additional $1,000 if it’s purchased after the car itself.

So, this means you should just buy it after the car is purchased and save $4000?

I was thinking the same thing. Day 1: No, I don’t need that for $5,000. Day 2: Ok, you convinced me… here’s $1,000.

Maybe that’s $1,000/year?

I get the confusion. But it’s $5000 if you buy it with the purchase of the car. And $6000 if you buy it after the purchase of the car.

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