It shows progress in autonomous driving, but also that there is still a long way to go.
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This story originally appeared on Engadget
Tesla’s fully autonomous driving may still be in beta, but that doesn’t stop early adopters from using it for autonomous travel … well, almost. How to describe Teslarati, Tesla Whole Mars catalog enthusiast posted a video showing off his Model 3 Equipped with FSD that makes a trip from San Francisco to Los Angeles with virtually no intervention. The only exception was shortly after the crossing to Los Angeles when the driver took over the reins to avoid large debris on the road.
This appears to be the first known and recorded instance of Full Self-Driving to complete this journey with no information, according to the Whole Mars Catalog.
It’s a remarkable feat for technology that’s still clunky, and despite its name, you can’t take your hands off the wheel. At the same time, it also shows how far technology has to go before it can fulfill Elon Musk’s robo-taxi dreams.
For starters, the entire Mars catalog took over near the rubble as they didn’t rely entirely on fully autonomous driving to properly respond. That is not the kind of confidence that is required for a really straightforward ride. There was also erratic behavior in the alleyways around Market Street in San Francisco that wasn’t very comforting. We add that California’s warmer climate is ideal for Tesla’s camera-based technology. In the snow, there could be a much tougher challenge that might require LiDAR and other sensors to avoid collisions. In other words, it may take a while before you can assume that FSD is ready to take a city-to-city trip in your part of the world.