Tesla Shares All of Its Autopilot Data in Bid to Achieve Level 4 Autonomy
Apparently, it takes a village to make fully autonomous cars.
Tesla’s Autopilot feature is certainly far from perfect. But it’s currently the most popular shot out there for actual automated driving. So to improve Autopilot, Tesla is taking the humble route: it is willing to share data with the government and other companies in order to reach Level 4 autonomy in vehicles.
Electrek reports that Tesla CEO Elon Musk has offered the US Department of Transportation its 780 million miles worth of Autopilot data, representing 70,000+ Autopilot-equipped Tesla Model S and Model Xs on the road. This is all to speed up regulatory approvals of fully autonomous vehicles.
Level 4 autonomy represents the pinnacle of self-driving technology: it’s the level where you merely have to tell the vehicle where you want to go and the vehicle will take you there, no other input required. In other words, a fully-functioning self-driving car.
No company has yet produced a Level 4 autonomy vehicle, but speculation regarding a supposed “big announcement” by Tesla at the end of 2017 has many wondering whether the automotive technology pioneer has finally achieved this milestone.
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