Tesla Autopilot Survey Results – 98% Understand That Autopilot Requires Driver Attention

Tesla Autopilot

NOV 14 2016 BY STEVEN LOVEDAY 28

autopilot-surveyThe Tesla Team posted the following on Tesla’s official blog (included in the post is a link to the Tesla Autopilot survey):

In response to Germany’s Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt (KBA)’s suggestion that using the name “Autopilot” is misleading, we worked with a third-party to survey Tesla owners in Germany to better understand how they perceive Autopilot.

Tesla Model S Autopilot

Tesla Model S Autopilot Test, Image Credit: Fully Charged

98% of customers surveyed said they understand that when using Autopilot, the driver is expected to maintain control of the vehicle at all times.

Germany’s transport agency recently asked Tesla to change the name of its Autopilot feature. The organization referred to the technology as a “considerable traffic hazard”. Tesla CEO Elon Musk disagreed and issued a third-party Tesla Autopilot survey to German Tesla owners, as a means of defending its use of the name.

The survey asked the above questions to a total of 675 Tesla owners. 98% of those surveyed said they understand that the driver must maintain control. Only 7% admitted that the Autopilot name caused them to believe that the cars are fully autonomous.

The German organization challenged Tesla after doing a number of tests on Tesla vehicles. It reported that the emergency braking system was subpar, and that the system didn’t properly alert drivers when the Autopilot feature was in a situation that it was not equipped to handle.

Tesla has been criticized multiple times for the name of the technology. The company is in the midst of a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration investigation for the fatal accident in Florida, that occurred while Autopilot was engaged. After a minor Autopilot-related accident in China, Tesla removed the name from its Chinese website.

Since both incidents, over-the-air updates have improved Autopilot, and Elon Musk has assured that such incidents won’t occur with the new software. Despite any of the impending issues, Tesla is moving forward even more quickly than anticipated. The company recently announced that all new Tesla models are being built with fully self-driving hardware. The full-fledged features will become available as a paid software unlock, pending regulatory approval.

Elon Musk has said of Tesla’s Autopilot feature and the origins of the name:

“All aircraft have an autopilot, the autopilot does not mean the plane is self-flying, it is meant as an aid to the pilot, and it enhances safety on a plane.”

Source: Business Insider

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Please ban the word Automobile because I may get confused and let it go by it self. Let’s called human assist machine for mobilization.

Hahaha +1

Haha!

Nailed it.

People miss the political reason here: German regulators do nothing without the approval of the politically powerful German auto giants. If McDonalds could regulate your hamburgers, almost nobody would be allowed to make any.

Have you tried the Mercedes autopilot? Some who tried the 2016 cars have called it “dangerous” on curves. As their own autopilots don’t compete with Tesla, they naturally want to shut Tesla down. When the Germans are ready, the word will magically again be allowed for German cars!

So Tesla hired a polling company to conduct a survey to determine whether owners understand that when using Autopilot requires the driver to pay attention? Was this one of the many polling companies that was hired by the Democrats and liberal news media to determine/predict whether Hillary was going to win the Presidential election? This is one self-serving and biased survey that this polling company conducted for Tesla and was paid for by Tesla!

Why no questions on how often to Tesla driver ignore the warnings and drive use Autopilot without paying attention? Why no questions on whether the drivers ignore the warnings to keep their hands on the wheel at all times and drive hands free? Why no questions on how long Tesla drivers keep their hands off the wheel when using Autopilot? Why no questions on how often the Tesla drivers get warnings from the car to put their hands on the wheel while using Autopilot?

If you pay enough money, a polling company will craft a survey and select the survey participants to get you ANY result that you seek.

Sven whined:

1) Why no questions on how often to Tesla driver ignore the warnings and drive use Autopilot without paying attention?

ANSWER: Because that has nothing to do with whether using the name “Autopilot” is misleading.

2) Why no questions on whether the drivers ignore the warnings to keep their hands on the wheel at all times and drive hands free?

ANSWER: Because that has nothing to do with whether using the name “Autopilot” is misleading.

3) Why no questions on how long Tesla drivers keep their hands off the wheel when using Autopilot?

ANSWER: Because that has nothing to do with whether using the name “Autopilot” is misleading.

4) Why no questions on how often the Tesla drivers get warnings from the car to put their hands on the wheel while using Autopilot?

ANSWER: Because that has nothing to do with whether using the name “Autopilot” is misleading.

sven we knew you are Trump troll, the clown of this forum. You are late for digging coal, the mine will be open soon, our only hope is that you won’t have wi-if access down there.

The guy your momma hooked up with to create you was a clown, and it doesn’t look like the seed fell far from the tree. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Polls in USA Presidential Election where not rigged. In fact they where a tinny, tinny bit more accurate then 2012’s.

Elections result was really in side error margin, when taking into account number of undecided voters those polls showed.

Source:
http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2016/11/12/it_wasnt_the_polls_that_missed_it_was_the_pundits_132333.html

So by Your comparision, Tesla survey is OK.

Tesla paid for this poll to prove a point, and polling companies sometimes tailor their polls to generate the outcome desired by the client through question phrasing and selection of survey participants. It a way to generate repeat business. I take this poll with a grain of salt. Surveys can be manipulated just as scientific studies can be manipulated to find the result/conclusion desired by the company who is paying for the study. So much for the scientific method. Likewise, in US courts both sides get to pick their own “expert witnesses” to give an opinion on the stand (any other witness is prohibited from giving opinions) regarding the same evidence with regards to their area of expertise. And wouldn’t you know it the expert witnesses for each side almost invariably give completely opposite conclusion after examining the exact same evidence! It becomes a battle of the expert witnesses with the jury deciding which expert witness is credible and accepting their expert opinion as the truth in reaching a verdict. I remember years ago when the CEOs of the largest tobacco companies where polled under oath in front a congressional committee and asked if cigarettes/nicotine was adictive. Every single one… Read more »

I’m betting 99% of people also know you’re not supposed to exceed the speed limit either, but plenty of people still do it.

Know what you’re SUPPOSED to do versus applying that knowledge in real life are 2 totally separate things.

Correct. But the German Government’s argument, was that the name “AutoPilot” was confusing and therefore, dangerous for drivers to use simply because they didn’t understand what the feature really was capable of or not.

So, to answer Sven’s rhetorical hyperbole; Tesla attempted to demonstrate that the government’s opinion regarding that specific issue– was not in fact, based on actual data. Which is the proper use of a narrow-issue study, btw.

Regressive Media Agenda: Forbes took it upon themselves to spin this the opposite way using some rather shady math, claiming a SIGNIFICANT number (14 million US Drivers)were revealed by this study to be too retarded to comprehend what AutoPilot was and how to properly use it. Sad, but the fight against a conservative agenda continues. *shrugs*

http://www.forbes.com/forbes/welcome/?toURL=http://www.forbes.com/sites/samabuelsamid/2016/11/13/tesla-autopiliot-owner-survey-shows-small-but-significant-fraction-dont-understand-limitations

I bet 90% think the speed limit is actually a speed recommendation or sugestion.

I “know” that I’m supposed to pay attention, just as I understand that I’m supposed to avoid sugar and fats, exercise regularly, stop smoking, and not watch so much TV. I’m also supposed to know my limit and not drink and drive.

Sadly, nobody does all of these things all of the time, or is even capable of doing so.

That’s why Autopilot has a fatality rate that is 9x higher than non-AP Teslas–even while it is used in under only the safest conditions by most drivers.

Autopilot is dangerous because it subconsciously lulls many drivers into inattention, while at the same time requiring absolute attention for safety. It’s like placing office chairs with beds and then telling office workers never to lie down. It won’t happen. In the Autopilot case, it’s a fatal combination.

I believe you believe that.

I thought the data was pointing to much less accidents when AP is enabled?

As opposed to all vehicles.
It’s only because fatalities in Tesla’s are so rare that 1 or 2 skew the results. A typical statistical ploy.

Four Electrics continued his anti-Tesla FUD campaign:

“…Autopilot has a fatality rate that is 9x higher than non-AP Teslas…”

Based on a statistical example of one (1) fatality with confirmed Autopilot use, and one (1) unconfirmed?

I don’t know which is worse: Your persistent FUD on this issue, or your apparent belief that that people are actually stupid enough to swallow such obvious B.S.

Or perhaps worse are your claims that you bought a Tesla car and drive it, even after making hundreds of anti-Tesla FUD posts. Are you lying when you claim to believe your own anti-Tesla FUD, or are you lying about having bought a Tesla car?

Sooooooo there are lots of stupid and dangerous Tesla drivers on the road in other words…

Awesome!

This is why reaching Level 5 and making it available for everyone, is so important.

Yes, 2% don’t know that autopilot requires attention. For this fact, I think the autopilot is working fine, otherwise we should have lots of autopilot related accidents and deaths.

Wrong question. The question should be like “Stop a 08/15 car driver on the street, put him in such a vehicle and ask him how he understands “Autopilot”.
Most car drivers don’t even understand the idea behind NEDC (_comparing_ fuel consumption _between_ cars of the same class – there’s no word about real world fuel consumption! It’s written in like all the pricelists!)…

notting

PS: 08/15 in the way I’m using it is maybe unknown outside the German speaking countries: https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/08/15_(Redewendung) (obviously only in German – it means like normal/nothing special).

Perhaps this is nit-picking, but linking to a German language article explaining the use of the term “8/15” isn’t helpful to those of us who can’t read German.

In the future you might use the term “typical” or “average”, rather than “8/15”. If you want an American colloquialism, you can use “Joe Average” in the context of your post.

I explained it in short directly after the link. Didn’t you read my posting completely?
And BTW: That article is about Germany. And I wasn’t the first here using German terms.

notting

The other 2% presumably either have pre-AP cars, have never engaged AP, or have recently sustained head injuries [*]. Because you can’t drive AP for more than a few minutes without understanding at a visceral level that you have to give it attention.

[*] No doubt in a flaming AP wreck, yuk yuk; there, did it for you, trolls.

“The survey asked the above questions to a total of 675 Tesla owners. 98% of those surveyed said they understand that the driver must maintain control. Only 7% admitted that the Autopilot name caused them to believe that the cars are fully autonomous.” At the risk of appearing to agree with our most persistent short-selling Tesla FUDSter, sven, I’d like to see some details of how this poll was conducted, and especially how that question was worded. This survey was funded by Tesla itself, and that calls into serious question the objectivity of the poll, as well as its scientific validity. Yes, I think everyone who’s been following this story now understands that an airplane’s autopilot isn’t intended to be a “set it and forget it” thing which takes over piloting of an aircraft, isn’t intended to let the pilot leave his seat, and requires the pilot to “Keep watching the skies”. But I certainly didn’t know all that before this controversy came up, and in my opinion it would still be best if Tesla renamed “AutoPilot” to be less suggestive of exactly the sort of behavior seen reported not only in “Look Ma, no hands!” videos posted to YouTube,… Read more »

Eeee? No.

You do not question sicentificallity of something based on logical fallacy.

Author of the statement do not make it right or wrong.

In fact You have all the questions there in plain engilish in the article. You can provide us criticque that is of better quality then “dunno whats wrong, but I’m 100% sure its wrong”…