Engineers trick Tesla Model Y to
drive on Autopilot sans driver on
As Tesla faces several fatal crashes in the recent past that has put
its Autopilot mode in scrutiny, engineers at Consumer Reports
engineers have easily tricked a Tesla Model Y to drive on the
electric carmakers driver assistance feature, without actually
anyone in the drivers seat.
During the drive, Tesla Model Y automatically steered along
painted lane lines, but the system did not send out a warning that
the driver's seat was empty.
The engineers tricked Tesla vehicle by placing a small, weighted
chain on the steering wheel, to simulate the weight of a driver's
hand, and slid over into the front passenger seat without opening
any of the vehicle's doors, because that would disengage
Autopilot, the report said on Thursday.
Using the same steering wheel dial, the engineers reached over
and was able to accelerate the vehicle from a full stop.
"In our evaluation, the system not only failed to make sure the
driver was paying attention, but it also couldn't tell if there was a
driver there at all," says Jake Fisher, CR's senior director of auto
testing, who conducted the experiment. Read More