Consumer Reports blasts Teslas automatic lane changing as less competent than humans

first_img 12 Tesla Tags Share your voice More about 2018 Tesla Model 3 Performance 50 Photos More From Roadshow Tesla Model 3 barrels through the snow in Track Mode Enlarge ImageIt’s a weird situation to be in, expecting a driver to be as vigilant as they would when in full command of the vehicle, despite the system’s whole intent being to reduce the tedium of driving by taking on some of the work. Tesla Tesla’s Navigate on Autopilot system adds even more functionality to the automaker’s lane-holding system, including automatic lane changes and navigating on- and off-ramps. While it worked fine for us on a very brief drive shortly after release, Consumer Reports put it under the microscope and, well, the outlet didn’t exactly like what it found.Consumer Reports did not have kind things to say about Navigate on Autopilot and its optional automatic lane-changing after a thorough test of its capabilities. “The system’s role should be to help the driver, but the way this technology is deployed, it’s the other way around,” said Jake Fisher, senior director of auto testing at CR, as part of its report. “It’s incredibly nearsighted. It doesn’t appear to react to brake lights or turn signals, it can’t anticipate what other drivers will do, and as a result, you constantly have to be one step ahead of it.”Earlier in May, Consumer Reports’ own Model 3 (that it purchased for testing purposes) received the software update that enabled Navigate on Autopilot. After taking several highway trips in its home state of Connecticut, CR found issue with the automatic lane-changing system in particular, saying the car was taking a few too many risks and changing lanes too closely to other cars. It also made passes on the right, which is illegal in certain states. In addition, Fisher and his team found that the system was “reluctant to merge in heavy traffic,” and when it did, it would occasionally apply the brakes immediately after merging to put some space between it and the car ahead, which can be surprising to drivers behind the Tesla. “[Automatic lane changing] isn’t a convenience at all,” Fisher said. “Monitoring the system is much harder than just changing lanes yourself.” It’s worth noting that the system is optional, so people who don’t like it can turn it off and make lane changes like normal.Tesla did not immediately return a request for comment, but it did provide some statements to Consumer Reports. The statements mostly revolved around how its data shows that people are enjoying the system and then, when used “properly,” Navigate on Autopilot can “offer comparable levels of safety” both with and without automatic lane changes enabled. The automaker also stressed that all final decisions are still in the drivers’ hands, leaving them as the final bastions of responsibility when the system is active.Originally published May 22. Update, May 24: Clarifies the optional nature of Navigate on Autopilot’s automatic lane-changing. Tesla Model 3: The one you’ve been waiting for 2019 Tesla Model S Long Range review: Familiar, yet oh so much better Auto Tech Electric Cars Comments Tesla Tesla Model 3 Review: Performance trim Review • Tesla Model 3 Review: Performance trim Preview • 2018 Tesla Model 3 Performance: The future, quickerlast_img read more



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Rouhani vows to defeat White House antiIranians

first_imgIran`s president Hassan Rouhani attends a news conference at the Chancellery in Vienna, Austria on 4 July 2018. Photo: ReutersIran will overcome newly reimposed US measures against Tehran, Iranian president Hassan Rouhani told a parliamentary session on Tuesday, vowing that his government would defeat any Western plot against the Islamic Republic.The parliament summoned Rouhani for the first time to answer questions on weak economic growth and rising unemployment, but Rouhani said the troubles only began when Washington reimposed sanctions on Tehran.US president Donald Trump withdrew in May from a deal that had lifted sanctions on Tehran in return for curbs on its nuclear programme.Washington imposed a new round of sanctions in August targeting Iran’s trade in gold and other precious metals, its purchases of US dollars and its car industry. A new round of sanctions to be imposed in November targets Iranian oil sales.”I want to assure the Iranian nation that we will not allow the US plot against the Islamic Republic to succeed,” Rouhani said in a live broadcast on state television.”We will not let this bunch of anti-Iranians in the White House be able to plot against us.”He added, “We are not afraid of America or the economic problems. We will overcome the troubles.”Rouhani, a pragmatist who reduced tension with the West by striking a nuclear deal with world powers in 2015, now faces a backlash from hardliners over Washington’s pullout from the pact.Hardline elements in the parliament have pressed Rouhani to reshuffle his economic team to better shield the economy from Trump’s moves and tamp down public discontent.Rouhani said the troubles began with anti-government protests in early January when many Iranians, angered by rising prices took to the streets, chanting slogans against the government and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.”The protests tempted Trump to withdraw from the nuclear deal,” he said, asking lawmakers to support his cabinet and not add to anti-government sentiment.Although the economic problems were critical, Rouhani said, “More important than that is that many people have lost their faith in the future of the Islamic Republic and are in doubt about its power.”Lawmakers asked why the government had not adopted reforms in the financial sector and foreign exchange market, and sought an explanation why, more than two years after the nuclear deal, Iranian banks still had only limited access to global financial services.Rouhani appointed a new central bank governor and accepted the government spokesman’s resignation, suggesting that he accepts the need to reshuffle his economic team.last_img


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Ellen DeGeneres Gives Away Tickets Rallies Astros Fans at The University of

first_imgAttention all @UHouston students. You have 3 hours til you need to be at the E. Cullen building and be on my show.— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) October 24, 2017 “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” held a local Twitter live shot at the University of Houston on Tuesday, October 24th.Ellen tweeted on Monday and Tuesday inviting  Houston Astros  fans to arrive to the E. Cullen Building on campus dressed in the biggest costumes they could find for a chance to win World Series tickets. – / 9 I’ve got something very big planned for tomorrow. If you’re anywhere near @UHouston, be ready. #EarnHistory— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) October 23, 2017 I’m giving away something huge at @UHouston tomorrow. I’m not gonna tell you what it is. (#WorldSeries tickets.)— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) October 23, 2017center_img Everything’s bigger in Texas! Today, 3:30PM @UHouston… wear the biggest outfit for a chance to win tickets to one of the big games!— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) October 24, 2017Via live shot, Ellen asks her fans to rewrite the lyrics to “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” explaining why they should go to a championship game.The finalists with the best costumes were narrowed down, and after singing their songs, Ellen declared UH students  Damian Falcon, Tahj Bell, and Jesus Quiroga the winners of the World Series tickets I can’t believe the amazing turnout at @UHouston today. Thank you to each and every person who showed up. You’re all incredible.— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) October 24, 2017 Sharelast_img read more



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