Tesla Drivers Find Way to Make ‘Full Self-Driving’ More Dangerous

Videos of Tesla drivers wearing Apple Vision Pro headsets and making their cars drive themselves have gone viral, raising alarms about Elon Musk’s notoriously dangerous driver-assistance technology.

mashable report Multiple videos of Tesla drivers wearing the new Apple Vision Pro headset and driving using the vehicle’s “Full Self-Driving” feature have raised concerns about potential safety issues. . One video shows a 23-second clip of a Tesla driver taking his hands off the steering wheel and focusing on controlling the headset’s virtual reality display. This video was posted on February 2nd, when the new Apple headset was released. It has been viewed over 24 million times.

Elon Musk posing (Hannibal Hanschke-Poole/Getty Images)

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) began investigating Tesla last year after a fatal Autopilot accident. The investigation revealed that the system’s driver monitoring capabilities were inadequate. Tesla even acknowledged to regulators that Autopilot’s controls “may not be sufficient to prevent driver misuse.”

Autopilot can automatically steer, accelerate, and brake, but it cannot drive without human supervision. Apple specifically warns against using the Vision Pro headset while operating a vehicle.

The Tesla driver who made the video told Gizmodo that it was a staged “skit.” The only time he wore the headset was while driving for 30-40 seconds. Still, the video raises new questions about the safety of driver-assistance technology.

However, other similar videos have also appeared online. The video, which has been viewed 17.2 million times, shows a Cybertruck driver using a headset.

Consumer Reports warns that systems like Autopilot are creating complacency in drivers, with research showing people are quick to abandon supervisory roles and rely too much on flawed automation. There is. MIT researchers found that test drivers began to look away from the road after just 15 minutes using Autopilot. Tesla itself reports that drivers routinely ignore warnings to keep their hands on the wheel.

recently Safety information memo, Apple says, “Never use Apple Vision Pro while operating a moving vehicle, bicycle, heavy equipment, or other safety-sensitive situations.”

Critics say automakers need to do more to ensure drivers are paying attention and that video clips like this encourage dangerous misuse of driver assistance devices. Experts stress that there are currently no commercial systems that can turn cars into fully autonomous vehicles.

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Lucas Nolan is a reporter for Breitbart News, where he covers free speech and online censorship issues.