This is why we can’t have nice things people. But what did we really expect.
God Bless Elon Musk for having the foresight to release his AutoPilot technology in one of safety vehicles on planet earth (that’s according to NHTSA.) According to Silicon Beat on their piece earlier today (Nov. 5, 2015) when Elon Musk went on a tangent about how Autopilot has done its part in making sure that a couple of accidents have been prevented and people are generally using the technology in a safe manner but he has been privy to the amount of videos popping up all over youtube showcasing his technology being used by Tesla Model S drivers with more hooning-sense then brains.
According to Musk
"“There have been some fairly crazy videos on YouTube. This is not good. And we will be putting some additional constraints on when Autopilot can be activated to minimize the possibility of people doing crazy things.”"
In particular, a couple of people are citing this youtube video of a Tesla Model S driver who activates AutoPilot and hops into the backseat while the Tesla Model S takes control. Ok, obviously that’s autopilot being used as it was intended to be used, but we’re not at that level of technology yet. It didn’t help that the entire video was set to some hokey music, making light of a potentially the dangerous situation. What if a deer popped out of nowhere?
We imagine Musk doing his normal bathroom routine (hey, super humans poop too) and scrolling through his youtube feed as he searches “Tesla Autopilot” and chuckling to himself while he watches his technology being used in the most dangerous ways possible.
As for constraints, Tesla hasn’t said anything yet but we imagine some sort of steering wheel sensors might be added (to detect hands on your wheel), weight sensors triggering it safe to use Autopilot on the drivers seat and maybe camera confirmation of a driver in the drivers seat.