Waymo deepens the term “self-driving” with Tesla

Waymo said some automakers use the term “self-driving” inaccurately, giving the public a false impression of what driver assistance systems are capable of. Waymo instead calls its vehicles “fully autonomous” and hopes the switch will differentiate it from technologies designed solely for human drivers.

“It’s not just branding or language practice,” Waymo said in his blog post on Wednesday. “Accuracy in language matters and can save lives.”
Waymo did not challenge a specific automaker in his blog post. But for months, he clashes with Tesla, which sells a $ 10,000 option on its vehicles, a “full self-driving capability” that experts say has long overestimated the capabilities of the technology and potentially raises safety issues. The vast majority of Tesla drivers are unable to use the “full self-propelled” feature, but Tesla says this includes all the hardware required for the technology. The company says the software needed for the feature will come later for most Tesla drivers.

According to most autonomous vehicle experts, “full self-driving” means a car in which one can safely fall asleep behind the wheel, no different from what Waymo calls a fully autonomous vehicle.

In October 2020, Tesla released an early prototype of so-called “full self-driving” features to a small group of Tesla owners. Videos posted by testers suggest that a lot of work needs to be done before attentive human drivers are needed behind the wheel. Tesla warned drivers to pay close attention to the road and keep their hands on the wheel.
But while he still calls the function “total self-management,” Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, has grandiose asserted his abilities and capabilities. Musk said Tesla will have a self-driving robotic taxi in 2020, which didn’t happen. Musk has it called Waymo is a “very special solution,” and said Tesla offers a general solution. He made no specifics about discrimination.
It was Waymo asked on Twitter in November 2020: “Would you say your technology is orders of magnitude more advanced than a louder competitor with a deceptive brand?”

“Yes,” replied Waymo, a fully autonomous tour operator in a limited part of Phoenix, Arizona. There is no need for human drivers behind the wheel of minibuses.

Musk’s technology isn’t the same caliber, but he said recently that Tesla’s “complete self-driving” “will operate at a much higher level of safety than the average driver.”
Musk and Tesla did not respond immediately to a request for an opinion on how they plan to prove that “total self-control” is safer than a human being. Experts have long struggled to assess the safety of autonomous vehicles.

The disagreement over the way in which “self – driving” is defined is complicated by the fact that government bodies have not standardized the definition of “self – driving” vehicles. The U.S. Department of Transportation and the Society of Automotive Engineers refer to a five-point scale in automation. The self-management industry generally refers to “Level 4” as the point on the scale where self-management begins. At level 4, the car can drive without human intervention in a specific area, such as a particular city.

In 2017, Waymo launched a public education campaign on self-driving vehicles called “Let’s Talk Self-Driving”. The name of the program will now be “Let’s talk about autonomous leadership.”