Euro bikers don’t trust autopilot systems
THE Federation of European Motorcyclists’ Associations (Fema), in co-ordination with the Koninklijke Nederlandse Motorrijders Vereniging (KNMV) and the Motorrijders Actie Groep Nederland (MAG NL) motorcycle clubs, has issued a formal letter to the Dutch vehicle authority RDW inquiring whether testing procedures of autonomous vehicles take into account twowheelers.
Similar action had been undertaken earlier by the Norwegian riders’ organisation NMCU, directing questions towards the transport minister, Ketil Solvik-Olsen, and Tesla co-founder and CEO Elon Musk.
This was sparked after collisions when a Tesla Model S with Autopilot engaged that rear-ended and seriously injured two bikers to date.
The Dutch bikers say it seems Tesla’s self-driving hardware and software were developed in tests that did not include any motorcycles.
Fema supports its arguments with American research conducted by John F. Lenkeit of Dynamic Research, which concludes that forward collision warning systems for automobiles fail dramatically to detect motorcycles, providing inadequate results in 41% of tested cases, against only 3,6% for passenger cars.
Tesla has meanwhile announced a slew of upgrades to its new models, which will, however only be activated after “robust” road tests.