Tesla drivers are ‘inattentive’ when using Autopilot, researchers find

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Autonomous systems through ‘self-driving’ technology also allow drivers to pay less attention to the road, yet require the human behind the wheel to stay focused, a new study has found.

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Researchers at MIT studied 290 drivers, recording how long they watched Tesla’s Autopilot technology before and after and for how long, which the researchers say is considered one of the most capable systems. But found that “there was evidence that the driver may not be using the AP as recommended”.

The data show that “before decommissioning, drivers looked less on the road and focused more on non-driving related areas than after transitioning to manual driving. Higher proportion of off-road glances before switching to manual driving.” was not compensated with a look forward”.


Monitoring the driver’s posture, face, and view at the front of the vehicle over a total of 500,000 miles between all drivers, the researchers found that side mirror and rear mirror checks decreased while Autopilot was engaged.

“This change in behavior may be due to a misunderstanding of the limits of what the system can do, which is strengthened when automation performs relatively well”, the researchers wrote, but also the effect of “boredom” that drivers have. It is possible. False expectations about system performance”.

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Tesla currently uses a hands-on-wheel system to monitor driver engagement, but does not monitor eye or head movements. One driver was apparently caught napping in a Tesla vehicle, his hands still on the wheel.

“Our driver-monitoring system repeatedly reminds drivers to stay engaged and prohibits the use of Autopilot if warnings are ignored,” a Tesla spokesperson said. Granthshala At the time, it added that “at highway speeds, drivers typically receive a warning every 30 seconds or less if their hands are not found at the wheel.”

The research comes after several high-profile accidents with Tesla vehicles. In April 2021, two people died after it was claimed that a Tesla without a driver hit a tree and burst into flames – although Tesla has said the car actually had a driver.

In the United States, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced in August 2021 that they were officially investigating the electric vehicle company.

It has also been claimed by a consumer group that self-driving technology can be “easily spoofed” without a driver to activate it.

“In our evaluation, the system not only failed to ensure that the driver was paying attention, but also could not tell if there was a driver there,” says Jake Fischer, CR’s senior director of auto testing, which conducted did. Experiment. Tesla did not respond to a request for comment Granthshala those days.


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