The reason that this is so cringey (besides the obvious) is that due to #autonowashing and other factors, many people wrongly believe that L2 Advanced Driver Assistance Systems are capable of reliably detecting stationary objects. They are not.
May 10, 2021 • 4 tweets • 2 min read
This might be one of the most important articles ever written about #autonowashing.
Please read, especially if you have doubted the relevance of this problem.
.@EuroNCAP has announced its new Assisted Driving Grading system which takes a holistic approach to sys evaluation by including "Driver Engagement" in its rating, to "help consumers" &to "compare assistance performance @ the highest level."
euroncap.com/en/press-media… ht @sascha_p
This is a win for human-automation interaction/HMI researchers who have been working for decades to explain how important teaming is and the consequences of broken control loops.
This is a win against #autonowashing, and ultimately a big win for consumer transparency & safety!
Sep 28, 2020 • 8 tweets • 2 min read
Self-driving is hard.
We have different ideas about how to “solve” for L5, and various teams are all taking shots at it. In recent years, two schools of thought have emerged about how to approach solving this problem.
For some it is either:
1) a fundamental AI problem which needs a new approach 2) a data problem, which can be solved by more data & more simulation
Sep 22, 2020 • 4 tweets • 1 min read
As someone living through this pandemic who happens to study trust, human vigilance & behavior––it's entirely unsurprising that we're unable to maintain adequate COVID19 prevention measures. It's Psych 101 and it is why it's so important to have policies to help keep us in line.
It's the same with other safety-critical things (ex. vehicle automation); we need bounding boxes to keep us safe.
Human vigilance is like a muscle, but instead of getting stronger with use (+ as long as nothing bad happens) it weakens over time.
We’ve decided that COVID19 is a disaster for the U.S. education system. But what if it was one of the best things that’s ever happened to it?
The U.S. education system has been criticized for decades now. Studies comparing students across subjects with international peers show the U.S. lagging behind. The current system was setup to serve the needs of the past. We know we need reform for the digital & automation eras.
Aug 20, 2020 • 4 tweets • 1 min read
Human-Machine Interaction in vehicle automation requires a reframing of "culturally specific ideas of freedom identity, autonomy, independence and, last but not least, gender which are linked to conventional, [manual] driving."
Enter: The Disenfranchisement Narrative 👇
Cars that park themselves
An unmanned car driven by a search engine company
We have seen that movie
It ends with robots harvesting our bodies for energy.
Here, Seleta Reynolds refers to #autonowashing as a general hype + unmet promises of the entire self-driving industry
And it's true––this is autonowashing, too. This is the effect it has @ scale.
Jul 26, 2020 • 5 tweets • 2 min read
🇩🇪 playground design is v interesting from a 🇺🇸 perspective.
Our playgrounds are full of primary colors & designed to be lawsuit proof (i.e. rounded corners, softer materials) whereas playgrounds here often have an air of danger, by means of shape, material, color &/or scale
This slide reminds me of a sacrificial mound in a horror movie I once saw but can't recall the name of 😅
Jul 4, 2020 • 9 tweets • 4 min read
Exploring my new city 🇩🇪✨
Jun 1, 2020 • 4 tweets • 2 min read
Thread. Details surrounding this accident aren’t clear (i.e. was Autopilot active? Driver healthy?), but this is a familiar accident scenario for AP
AP is not equipped to detect stationary objects...imagine calling a system that lacks this “Full Self-Driving” 🥴 #autonowashing
A testament to readiness, from a user of Tesla's "FSD" Traffic Light and Stop Sign Control (Beta):
"I think Tesla should differentiate between Beta and software that is just being introduced and trained."
A number of v concerning observations here 👇
“...quite dangerous in traffic as the software seems extremely conservative, applying brakes in many cases, especially in complex intersections.“
“There's one intersection that I always drive through where it wants to change lanes.”
May 12, 2020 • 4 tweets • 2 min read
"There’s a breed of @Tesla superfans who believe that the company can do no wrong, and they attack anyone who says anything that can be perceived as negative about the company. They also spread misinformation about Tesla, like the shorts."
"What we have here is a tribal thinking problem where people are loyal to their social group above all else to the point of disregarding the facts."
- @FredericLambert, on the toxic nature of Tesla superfans, or as I call them, Tesla bots
May 4, 2020 • 6 tweets • 5 min read
A pastime: Browsing electric cars for sale in Europe
Everyone agrees we need to reopen. The questions are:
A: When we can manage R0.
Q: How do we manage R0?
A: Open hospital space & PPE, large underutilized testing capacity, mask req., social distancing, etc
Q: How do we know that works?
A: Australia, South Korea, etc
Reopening is not really open for debate when we know criteria for it exist––it's practically binary: Do we meet the criteria to manage R0? Y/N
For ex: See "Key metrics to relax restrictions" via Australia's National Cabinet