Will Tesla Automatically Stop For Cardboard Box Man?


Everyone knows Tesla Autopilot doesn’t stop for cardboard boxes! Slow news day?

It turns out, YouTuber i1Tesla is well aware of these type of tests and previous results. He even starts the video by saying he has no clue what the outcome will be with his Tesla Model 3. However, with a multitude of Tesla Autopilot updates over time, it’s interesting to keep tabs on what might happen. About three years ago, Bjørn Nyland tested a Tesla’s automatic braking feature against a styrofoam wall with Autopilot engaged.

We shared a recent video using a fabric car, but that was specifically a test to see what may happen when a Tesla driver is following another car and the car suddenly leaves the lane. Our friends KmanAuto and Mike Anthony have tested Tesla pedestrian detection more than a few times, although they actually used real pedestrians (not something anyone should be attempting). Following the tragic Uber crash, another channel tried a very unscientific simulation with a cardboard cutout. The list goes on and on.

In this most recent video, i1Tesla tests the automatic braking feature on the Tesla Model 3. In the first test, he doesn’t use Autopilot, simply to see what the car will do if a person is completely in control. The second test shows how the car’s Summon feature handles the cardboard Tesla fanboy. Finally, the third test is performed with Autopilot engaged. You might be rather surprised at what he finds.

Watch the short video in its entirety to learn about the details.

Video Description via i1Tesla on YouTube:

Made a box boy to put in front of my Model 3 to see if the car would stop or warn me of the person. Interesting results


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9 Comments on "Will Tesla Automatically Stop For Cardboard Box Man?"

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If he only had a heart. It would probably be paper mache.

Wait a minute, does this mean vampires and the “walking dead” aren’t safe on our roads?

I wonder if the Tesla sees the camera (metal)? I don’t think the radar can see the boxes but maybe the cameras consider it too

LIDAR needed for the win.

Striking cardboard isn’t risky. Striking liquid people or metal cars (radar returns) is risky.

For the test, the dummies should have metal inserted in them to see if there is improved detection. Otherwise the tests will show what seems to be failures that would not occur in a true situation.

Do the cameras use infrared?

Most AEB systems won’t engage at very slow speeds, a la the driveway test. Was too slow. The rest is normal AEB procedures that many cars now have. Great idea the cardboard box man!

Add water balloons inside those cardboard boxes, and it would be more like real human for the radars, while still very low risk of damaging the car.

Or do it Mythbusters style w/a pig.