Euro bik­ers don’t trust au­topi­lot sys­tems

The Witness - Wheels - - BIKING -

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.

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