This time we are going to turn our gaze to Tesla. I am going to look at this from a different perspective. This is not going to be clickbait about Lidar, AI, lack of simulation, or using Tesla drivers as guinea pigs in some megalomaniac science experiment.
A January 2019 Verge article about Waymo shared some screen shots of the Waymo app. Two things stood out to me; You can remotely honk the horn of a Waymo. This was previously discussed here as there is a similar feature with Lime Scooters.
A number of years ago, a retiring Special Forces commander was being interviewed for a television program and he was asked the following question: “Are you concerned that your troops are becoming too technologically dependent?”
My Dad would speak of mechanical sympathy; the idea that you needed to understand how a machine worked to operate it efficiently and to maximise its operational life. For driving, it was listening to the engine, not braking too hard, and using the gears appropriately.
In the last article What’s what in 2020 with AV, I indicated that there were two big players to watch; Waymo and Tesla. This article is about Waymo and their history and will lay the foundation for the next article.