Opinion: The New York Times Needs to Get Autonomous Driving Terminology Right
The New York Times often gets unfairly criticized, usually by readers who have their own political biases (right and left), but sometimes the criticism lobbed its way is not only very fair, but accurate.
And when it comes to autonomous driving, the vaunted Times has stepped in it, big time.
Authorities Claim No One Was in the Driver's Seat in Tesla Crash
A crash involving a Tesla Model S in Texas killed two passengers.
We say “passengers” instead of “occupants” because it appears there was no one in the driver’s seat at the time of the crash.
How Safe Is Level 2 Autonomy? As Safe as the Automaker Makes It
No longer content with just crashing vehicles into walls or poles, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has turned its attention to the ever-expanding buffet of new technologies found in today’s automobiles. Driver assistance features ease the driver’s workload and make for comfortable highway cruising, but all systems aren’t made equal.
For its test of “Level 2” autonomous features — meaning, specifically, adaptive cruise control (ACC) and active lane-holding — IIHS selected five premium four-doors. The test group consisted of a 2017 BMW 5 Series with Driving Assistant Plus, a 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class with Drive Pilot, a 2018 Tesla Model 3 and 2016 Model S equipped with Autopilot, and a 2018 Volvo S90 with Pilot Assist. Given that each model garnered a “superior” IIHS score for automatic emergency braking, they seemed like choice candidates for a comparison test.
The results, as you’d probably expect, were a mixed bag. We’re not at the technological finish line yet; not by a long shot.