Tesla Autopilot confused by billboard
Occurred: April 2021
Tesla owner Andy Weedman has discovered that his Tesla was registering a giant stop sign printed on a billboard as a real traffic sign, and so halting in the middle of the road.
Weedman tweeted and recorded a video of the Tesla stopping for the billboard, referring to it as an 'edge case'. The discovery prompted commentators to observe that autonomous cars have a long way to go before they are truly fit for purpose.
Others went further, arguing that 'the world is absolutely crammed with out-of-the-ordinary situations we call edge cases,' and that it will 'likely take more than patchwork updates and fixes to actually reach full autonomy'.
Operator: Andy Weedman
Purpose: Automate steering, acceleration, braking
Technology: Driver assistance system
Issue: Accuracy/reliability; Safety
Transparency: Black box
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Published: February 2023