The problem of autopilots is that they are expected to show impeccable properties in relation to driving safety. And if the electronic will not work, even in a very difficult case, the credibility of the manufacturer will be seriously undermined.
Elon Musk announced, the autopilot built in Tesla cars is driving the car on the human level. Autopilot standards are still under development, but it is already clear, the rules will require higher safety levels from machines as they require from humans.
The fifth level of autonomy is the ideal of independent driving when no human intervention is expected. Tesla plans to reach the fifth level and to show the work of the system by launching an unmanned car from one US coast to the other.
The development of the neuronal network of Tesla was very difficult, because the developers had to use much less computer power as in other cases, Musk reports.
The production of Tesla Model 3 also makes much more difficult the development of the autopilot system. Battery shortage does not allow to produce 5000 cars per week as it was previously planned. The skeptics believe Tesla survives due to state subsidies and still remains unprofitable, and this is the real problem of the company.
Such big companies from automotive and IT industry like Tesla, Audi, Toyota, Uber Technologies, Google, NVIDIA, Baidu and private developers are working on autopilot solutions.
Waymo is already testing the autopilots on public roads. A tester sits on the back sit of car and he can press a button if needed and the car will brake and move to the shoulder.
Uber autopilot developers are also testing their developments but they say, as for now they have to intercept the control every kilometer on the average.