Volvo’s Dr. Peter Martens believes that Tesla CEO Elon Musk lies when he says that the Autopilot drives better than human beings

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By Thinking Highways June 13, 2016 17:06

Volvo’s Dr. Peter Martens believes that Tesla CEO Elon Musk lies when he says that the Autopilot drives better than human beings


Volvo’s Dr. Peter Martens believes that Tesla CEO Elon Musk lies when he says that the Autopilot drives better than human beings

Published By: Eunice Gettys on June 12, 2016 11:23 am EST

Tesla Motors Inc  has recently faced some criticism regarding its autonomous driving technology – the Autopilot. While former Google executive said that the system is “irresponsible,” BMW CEO Harald Krüger compared it with an unreliable app. Very recently, Volvo Group took a jibe at the technology.

After testing the Autopilot features, Volvo Research and Development Chief, Dr. Peter Mertens shared his view over the technology to The Drive in an interview. He thinks that every time he uses the Autopilot system, he is convinced that it is trying to kill him.

He said that his company will not be working on semi-autonomous system (Level 3), as he believes that anyone who claims that ‘we have systems that are better than human drivers’ is lying to consumers, referring to Tesla CEO Elon Musk who said that the Autopilot lowers accident possibility by 50%, adding “even with this early version, it’s almost twice as good as a person.”

Mr. Mertens believes that early movers are putting the autonomous industry at risk, and since Volvo is a safety brand, it will work on such a system slowly. Additionally, it will not go for it at all until the technology is actually better than a “good human driver.”

Here’s a video of Volvo self-driving vehicle running into people:

Volvo announced to have no death or serious injuries in a new Volvo by 2020 and self-driving cars are essential part of the plan. Under a pilot program, the Swedish carmaker will soon put about 100 autonomous driving vehicles on the Chinese roads; though, it is still unsure when to commercially introduce its autonomous technology.

There are two main approaches when it comes to development of completely-autonomous cars. While some companies like Tesla are slowly rolling out advanced autonomous and semi-autonomous features (Level 3) till they teach full autonomy (Level 4), others like Google plan to commercially release a technology once it is fully autonomous.

Thinking Highways
By Thinking Highways June 13, 2016 17:06