The director of autonomous integration at General Motors says Tesla’s claims that its cars have been able to conduct full level five SAE-certified autonomous driving are entirely false.
Australian website caradvice.com.au quotes Scott Miller, GM’s director of autonomous vehicle integration, as saying Tesla boss Elon Musk is “full of crap” when it comes to claims of the level five capability of current and forthcoming vehicles.
“To think you can see everything you need for a level five autonomous [car] with cameras and radar, I don’t know how you do that,” Miller is quoted as saying.
The report adds that Miller went on to say that you can do a coast to coast (Los Angeles to New York City) highway drive with current level two or level three technology, so claims by Tesla that it can achieve such a feat with its vehicles doesn’t necessarily mean it has level five technology. According to Tesla’s own website, all vehicles produced in their factory “have the hardware needed for full self-driving capability”. That appears to include at least eight cameras, one radar, and other sensors.
The report further quotes Miller as saying,“To be what an SAE level five full autonomous system is, I don’t think he has the content to do that.” He added that General Motors will have the ability to produce level four autonomous driving vehicles “within quarters”, however, this technology will be used in a ride-sharing system before it becomes available to the general public.