Gareth wrote:DJP31 wrote:I know Tesla ran one comparing the accident rate on cars using Autopilot v those that weren't - whether it would stand up to scientific scrutiny I don't know. I can only speak from my experience of the Tesla system, and that very definitely in the category of driver assistance, and not autonomy.
As before, would you agree that there is a difference between technology that allows the driver to be disengaged from the task and that which doesn't?
Thing is, names are important, and calling something 'Autopilot' sets an expectation which cannot be justified, given the state of the art.
Yes I agree there is a difference between being disengaged and not, and the use of the term Autopilot has been the subject of many a debate. The common perception is that autopilot means autonomy, which it doesn't - "it's set to maintain a course or altitude while the pilot concentrates on other details of operating the airplane" being one description.
Whether calling it something else would make any difference to those who are determined to use it in a way it's not designed for I doubt.