Tesla Model X Sees Two Vehicles Ahead In Automatic Braking Test – Video

NOV 10 2016 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 9

When software 8.0 was released by Tesla, one of the features that Elon Musk promised would be available was the ability to see a few cars ahead through enhanced radar.

Frontmost Car Turns White In Display When It Brakes

Frontmost Car Turns White In Display When It Brakes

That ability is tested here by Bjorn Nyland in this video showing that the Model X detects braking from two cars ahead and begins to react on its own.

Video description:

“With software version 8.0, the radar can now see two cars in front. When the frontmost car brakes, the car in the display will turn white. I did several tests and measured the time from when the brake lights on the middle car turned on to when my car slowed down to be 0.2-0.4 seconds.”

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9 Comments on "Tesla Model X Sees Two Vehicles Ahead In Automatic Braking Test – Video"

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Great Go Tesla

This is a paradigm shift.
Works just like “below zero” reaction time of driver.
Superb.

Maybe they,Tesla, could pick up some of the skilled workers that GM is laying off due to a downturn in sales.
They say these jobs are going boys, and they ain’t comin’ back. Despite what some believe or say.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=77gKSp8WoRg

The horse carriage industry also laid off a lot of people when the cars came. So, sir, would you want to go back to carriages?
Just sayin…

Awesome work by the AutoPilot & Bosch folks who worked together to create something better than the (originally intended) sum of its parts. 🙂

So the Tesla doesn’t begin to brake until *after* the middle car does? Surely that is just an abundance of caution in the part of the middle car’s driver. Otherwise the AEBS could just watch for brake lights and be just as well off.

Not when you’re using an AI to make driving decisions that enable it to do more than just brake in a behavior-constrained fashion. A well informed AI can make much better, more complex choices based on that extra information.

I can confirm behavior of 8.0 responding BEFORE car directly in front of me. This happened to me just a few days back. Car in front probably had enough coasting room that he laid off on accelerator…but meanwhile X detected that another vehicle in front of him was nearing a dead stop. It felt strange for X going into harder braking based on just looking at vehicle in front, but it is reassuring that there won’t be TWO collisions if guy in front of you is distracted.

Kudos to Tesla for what appears to be an upgrade to radar-based detection which allows it to gather information by seeing thru the back window and windshield of the car in front of the Tesla car.

Now, Tesla, if you really want to impress me, then show your cars can do the same when the back window of the car ahead is blacked out or blocked with cargo. You, or Elon, claimed you can bounce radar off the road underneath a car and get a meaningful image of the vehicle ahead. Frankly, I doubt that can be achieved in real-world driving conditions. Bouncing radar off concrete or asphalt — in fact, bouncing it off such a rough surface twice; once going out, once coming back — would scatter any hypothetical image so much that I doubt a meaningful picture can be pulled out of the scattered return signal.