Tesla hacker unlocks Autopilot ‘Augmented Vision’ and it’s awesome

A Tesla hacker has unlocked “Autopilot Augmented Vision,” a brand new mode in Tesla’s autonomous driving suite, that permits to see what Autopilot can detect in real time.

It’s awesome to look at.

Greater than two years ago, we shared pictures on Electrek of leaked images from inside a Tesla engineering vehicle testing Autopilot.

The leak showed that Tesla was already testing its “Full Self-Driving” mode, and it also showed that Tesla had something called “Augmented Vision” in its dev mode.

Augmented Vision appeared to indicate in real time the feed from each Autopilot camera with an overlay of what it was detecting through its computer vision system.

Now Tesla hacker “green,” who managed to access the Autopilot dev mode recently, has activated the Augmented Vision mode:

He shared greater than five minutes of driving video with the mode activated, leading to the very best footage of what Tesla Autopilot can see up to now:

That is among the best looks on the inner workings of Tesla Autopilot and what it could possibly detect in real-time in addition to the way it plans it path on the road.

Green ends the thread by asking why Tesla doesn’t enable consumers to activate this mode.

Electrek’s Take

I can consider a number of the explanation why Tesla wouldn’t want this mode accessible to everyone, but I feel the principal one is that Tesla doesn’t wish to encourage drivers to be watching the middle display when using Autopilot.

Drivers should keep their eyes on the road and be able to take control in any respect times.

Nevertheless, the Augmented Vision mode, just like the driving visualizations to a lesser degree, is helpful to construct confidence within the system long-term.

Drivers higher understand what the automobile is seeing and the way it takes decisions.

Without delay, confidence within the system will not be all the time a great thing. Tesla admitted that the majority accidents on Autopilot are as a consequence of drivers being overconfident with the driver-assist system.

But in the long run, as Tesla achieves full self-driving, constructing confidence within the driving system goes to be key.

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