Tesla Collision Avoidance Test Versus Turkeys – Thanksgiving Special (video)

NOV 25 2016 BY JAY COLE 7

It's go time!

It’s go time!

We aren’t sure this really needs an explanation other than to say, its Thanksgiving weekend.

That is, other that to note that Chris/KmanAuto decided to humorously follow up his earlier report on the significant improvements to be found in Tesla’s Autopilot version 8.0 update (in particular in regards to pedestrian avoidance), to find out how the system would do against a couple of 15 pound turkeys.

Moral of the story (as always at this time of the year), turkeys need to keep their “heads up”.

As always, no animals were hurt in the taping of this segment (that happened at a Butterball factory somewhere most likely).

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This is quite disturbing. So if there is any objeto on the ground (rock, broken auto parts, etc) the car will just run over it??

Needs fixing!!!

Where do you live, that there are 30lb broken auto parts just laying around on your roadways?? lol

Happy day after Turkey Day to everyone! 🙂

The birds may look for revenge. Be careful, especially if they’re frozen. Here’s a video of the fowl-play.

So Tesla does not pardon turkeys. Pity

It’s great that people are doing these videos and trying to work out what the Tesla Auto Pilot can do, but wouldn’t it be better off Tesla released the specification of what it should be able to do? Like object smaller than X will not be detected, stuff like that that.

It’s not that simple. It’s a matter of what objects are large enough to be detected at what range. And when it comes to radar, it’s a matter of how reflective it is to radar waves. A soft object, such as a giant stuffed animal, has very poor reflectivity, even if it’s a large one. A hard shiny object, such as polished metal, will reflect radar very well, even if it’s fairly small.

A year or two ago, Bjørn Nyland did a test of the Model S’s radar which showed it was completely unable to detect a huge but thin sheet of styrofoam, set up as a wall across the Model S’s path. The car ran right through it without slowing down.

Perhaps Tesla’s radar detectors have improved since, but I wouldn’t be at all surprised if they would still fail that test. Not that this would be dangerous; running into or thru a thin sheet of styrofoam won’t hurt your car. But it does show the limitations of radar detection.