TESLA is using a video game engine to test its Autopilot and Full Self-Driving technology within a San Francisco simulation.
A virtual driving environment can help Tesla avoid past criticism they’ve received for testing Autopilot and Full Self-Driving on public roads.
Tesla’s last self-driving simulation shown during 2021’s AI Day[/caption]
Full Self-Driving [FSD] and Autopilot features are currently semi-autonomous [semi-self-driving] and not fully autonomous.
Drivers engaged in Autopilot or FSD must pay attention in case they need to take over manually during a hazard.
Tesla’s FSD feature costs $15,000 and enables vehicles to automatically obey traffic signals and change lanes.
The electric manufacturer’s $6,000 Autopilot feature allows compatible cars to steer, accelerate, and brake within their lane.
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The electric manufacturer is creating its simulation with the Unreal Engine that powered hit video games like Fortnite and Robo Recall.
Electric vehicle [EV] news site Electrek obtained images that allegedly show Tesla’s new San Francisco simulation.
Tesla is reported to have hired environmental artists to help enhance its virtual representation of San Francisco, according to Electrek.
And the electric manufacturer isn’t finished with its simulation hiring wave.
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Tesla’s website has multiple job openings listed under its Autopilot simulation division.
Tesla’s job description for an Autopilot Rendering engineer reads:
“As an Autopilot Rendering Engineer, you will contribute to the development of Autopilot simulation by enabling and supporting the creation of photo-realistic 3D scenes that can accurately model the driving experience in a wide range of locales and conditions.
“You will be working across teams to provide graphics technology that can create high-fidelity scenes and enables the faithful reproduction of autopilot behavior in simulation.”
Tesla has been shown experimenting with simulation driving environments since its last AI Day in 2021.
AI Day 2021 featured a simulation showing Teslas yielding to oncoming traffic, avoiding pedestrians, and following traffic signals.
AI Day 2021 Full Self-Driving simulation demonstration[/caption]
The electric car maker’s highly-controversial FSD Beta has expanded to another 60,000 owners in the U.S. and Canada.
Elon Musk announced Monday that the current test “looks good” and that he was extending the beta from 100,000 to 160,000.
Musk tweeted that he was referring to FSD beta’s most recent version — 10.69.2.2.
But Tesla is being sued over claims it misled its customers by falsely advertising its FSD and Autopilot features.
The lawsuit accuses Tesla of having advertised the self-driving technology as fully functioning or “just around the corner” since 2016 — despite the programs reportedly being nowhere near ready for mass production.
We’ll be able to see whether or not Tesla’s 2022 AI Day features a demo of its new San Francisco simulation on September 30th.
Tesla’s 2022 AI Day will take place on September 30th[/caption]