Early this year, TeslaMondo wrote that we’re headed for a tangled mess of terminology as cars become self-aware. Well, now that Tesla’s Autopilot has arrived, the chaos has begun. The news coverage this morning runs the gamut from “hands-free” to “sort of hands-free” to “driverless” to “sort of driverless” to “keep your hands on the wheel” to “you don’t have to touch the wheel.” Meanwhile, the plaintiffs’ bar undoubtedly is on high alert. This terminology is going to become legally significant upon the first accident.
And the most interesting angle of the story — the continuous feedback loop that allows each car to learn from the others — is the most difficult to grasp and therefore given short shrift by reporters on deadline. HOW EXACTLY DOES THIS WORK? What constitutes a beneficial experience that should be shared with the fleet? Are there negative experiences that should not be shared? If, so, how are they filtered? And how exactly does my car learn from your car, and how fast?
If there’s an article out there that explains this stuff, please link.