Director Emma Schwartz raises questions about Tesla’s self-driving cars in Elon Musk’s crash coursea documentary she made with The New York Times presents which is currently streaming on Hulu.
“With self-driving cars, Elon Musk was selling a promise that was a long way off,” Schwartz said on a recent episode of the Factual America podcast.
“This is about Elon Musk and Tesla’s attempt to create a self-driving car, isn’t it? It’s long been a dream in the tech world,” Schwartz said. collides – literally – with the assisted driving system. And so, we peel back what we can learn from the first fatal autopilot crash in the United States that killed a man named Josh Brown. What does this tell us about the promises that Silicon Valley and Elon Musk sold us? And, ultimately, how secure are these systems that are beginning to hit the road? »
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Musk has always guarantor of security of his cars. Tesla addressed Brown’s fatal crash in 2016 in a blog post and has argued that neither Brown nor his Tesla’s autopilot system noticed a tractor-trailer crossing the highway in front of him. from Tesla website notes that the Autopilot system still requires active driver supervision and does not “make the vehicle autonomous”.
Tesla representatives did not immediately respond to Filmmakerrequest for comment about Elon Musk crash course.
Schwartz, who was inspired by the reports of Time reporters Cade Metz and Neil Boudet to make the documentary, argues that if the system cannot be used safely unattended, then the term “autopilot” is misleading.
“When you and I hear the term autopilot, we think, like, automatic, right? That’s how our brains work. And that’s something that people have been criticizing for many years, but Tesla and Elon argued, saying, “Well, okay, that’s not what we mean,” Schwartz said. “But I think we all know that language is really important, because it affects the way we perceive things and especially because most people don’t go into the fine print.”
She continued, “And it’s not just the initial Autopilot package. Since 2017 they have been selling software called Full Self-Driving, right? Like, that, to me, says, “Okay, this car can drive itself just about anywhere.” I think that’s what anyone unfamiliar with technology would think. And by all admission, it’s not fully autonomous driving. It’s not just, ‘Okay, there was autopilot, there was a misunderstanding.’ They made another package that says it’s something it’s not.
Elon Musk’s crash course is now streaming on Hulu. Here are some timestamps of the Factual America interview:
00:00 – Trailer for Elon Musk’s crash course.
03:10 – What the film is about.
06:14 – Key findings from the self-driving car survey.
09:00 – Autopilot versus driver assist.
3:05 p.m. – Former Tesla employees’ concerns about self-driving car technology and safety.
6:40 p.m. – US government response to fatal Tesla car crashes.
8:50 p.m. – Clip 1: Conversation with Elon Musk after the tragic death of Josh Brown.
11:30 p.m. – How Musk’s previous successes could affect his self-training tech promises.
30:00 – The role of the media in stimulating tech gurus and their bold announcements.
34:08 – How far are we from the future of self-driving cars.
37:03 – The vision behind The New York Times Presents series.
42:22 – Clip 2: Autopilot software engineer on AI recognition issues in self-driving cars.
Factual America uses documentary cinema to examine the American experience as well as universal topics that affect all Americans. Guests include Oscar, Emmy and Grammy award-winning filmmakers and producers, their subjects, as well as experts on the American experience. We discuss true crimes, music, burning social and political topics, history and the arts with the creators of the latest and upcoming documentary films in theaters and on the most popular digital platforms. This podcast is produced by Alamo Pictures, a London and Austin-based production company that makes documentaries about the United States from a European perspective for international audiences.
Main image: a photo of Elon Musk’s crash course courtesy of Factual America.