edatoakrun wrote:WSJ has seemingly overcome the barrier blocking accurate reporting on AP- and most other Tesla subjects.
The problem that I have with this article is that it's essentially trying to show that Elon Musk and Tesla Motors have been acting in bad faith, trying to push a product before it's ready and endangering the public. The current AP features, though, have been rolled out in what I'd consider a sufficiently conservative manner. Of course, not everyone agrees, but the other automakers are seeking to develop similar systems.
The biggest issue I see is that "full self driving" (FSD) appears to be far from deployment, and Tesla has been overly optimistic as to how long it's going to take. In the meantime, they're happily taking money from people who are eager to pre-pay for FSD, and they've used FSD to market their vehicles. I don't at all believe that they're acting in bad faith, but rather that they've made the all-too-common mistake among engineers of failing to fully appreciate the complex details that need to be addressed. Remember, Elon is a physicist and engineer himself - he's not simply some corporate executive blindly pushing forward.
Essentially, Elon Musk feels very confident that FSD is do-able in the near term, and other key people have understandably disagreed. Elon says that he is personally quite involved in AP efforts. I don't doubt that Elon desperately wants to achieve FSD. At this very moment, he's probably pushing his AP team to make significant personal sacrifices and "achieve the impossible". While FSD is not going to get done as quickly as hoped for, I wouldn't be too quick to count Elon out.
If I were in my 20s with no kids, I'd probably want to get a software job at Tesla and work on cutting edge stuff like AP/FSD. But for someone who's more established in life and desires a healthy work/life balance, a job under Elon's watchful eye could be a hard sell.