See the world through the eyes of a driverless Tesla Model S

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WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF

  • With over sixty percent of the American public either against, or nervous about getting into a self driving car more manufacturers are trying to demystify them by showing them what’s going on under the hood


 

Tesla recently released a video that demonstrates, in real time, what the company’s Autopilot software ‘sees’ when it’s driving without any driver involvement. While we often talk about self-driving cars and a future where humans will be able to read books while their car whisks them off to work, it’s easy to overlook the incredible amount of advanced technology that goes into self-driving automotive software.

Tesla’s latest video, though, helps show us what an Autopilot trip looks like from the car’s perspective. As you’ll see in the video below, we see a Tesla navigate in and around local roads while the right-hand pane of the video provides us with three live feeds of the car’s many camera systems, including leftward and rightward cameras on the back and a medium range camera on the front.

 

 

What makes Tesla’s new video particularly enthralling though is that they specifically demonstrate what the company’s vaunted Autopilot software sees in real time. We see how a Tesla in Autopilot mode is able to identify upcoming objects, whether they’re pedestrians, cars or even street signs. All the while, as you can see, the Tesla Model S is more than capable of efficiently handling sharp turns and staying on route with ease.

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Matthew Griffin

Matthew Griffin, described as “The Adviser behind the Advisers” and a “Young Kurzweil,” is the founder and CEO of the World Futures Forum and the 311 Institute, a global Futures and Deep Futures consultancy working between the dates of 2020 to 2070, and is an award winning futurist, and author of “Codex of the Future” series. Regularly featured in the global media, including AP, BBC, CNBC, Discovery, RT, and Viacom, Matthew’s ability to identify, track, and explain the impacts of hundreds of revolutionary emerging technologies on global culture, industry and society, is unparalleled. Recognised for the past six years as one of the world’s foremost futurists, innovation and strategy experts Matthew is an international speaker who helps governments, investors, multi-nationals and regulators around the world envision, build and lead an inclusive, sustainable future. A rare talent Matthew’s recent work includes mentoring Lunar XPrize teams, re-envisioning global education and training with the G20, and helping the world’s largest organisations envision and ideate the future of their products and services, industries, and countries. Matthew's clients include three Prime Ministers and several governments, including the G7, Accenture, Bain & Co, BCG, Credit Suisse, Dell EMC, Dentons, Deloitte, E&Y, GEMS, Huawei, JPMorgan Chase, KPMG, Lego, McKinsey, PWC, Qualcomm, SAP, Samsung, Sopra Steria, T-Mobile, and many more.

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