There is a great blog post by Tesla about how they changed their attitude towards the forward-facing radar. The radar was initially considered to be a “supplementary sensor” but “after careful consideration” it was promoted to being a “primary control sensor”.
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.