Watch: What a Tesla in Autopilot mode 'sees'
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A fascinating new video reveals what a Tesla in Autopilot mode 'sees' in real-time.
The footage shows exactly what the electric car firm's vehicles can and can't spot on the road while driving under the guise of Tesla's advanced AI.
YouTube user greentheonly created the clips by overlaying key data used by the Autopilot feature onto dashcam footage.
Tesla's Autopilot feature works using an array of cameras, radar, sonar and other sensors spread across the front, back and sides of the vehicle.
Readings from these sensors are fed into an AI that constantly calculates whether the car should stop or steer around objects, adjusting the vehicle's path accordingly.
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Circles in the illustrative video, which shows just a fraction of the computations made by Tesla's AI at any one moment, indicate tracked objects.
These include other vehicles on the road, as well as street lamps, bollards, road signs, curbs, letter boxes and other potential hazards.
The colour of each circle shows the movement of the object: Green items are moving, while yellow are mobile hazards that have stopped.
Orange circles highlight a stationary object while red illustrates an unknown entity picked up by the Autopilot.
The size of each circle indicates the distance from that object to the car, helping the AI determine which hazards pose an immediate danger.
The larger the circle, the closer the hazard.
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Writing in the description of their YouTube clip, greentheonly explained that random circles appear in the clips when Tesla's AI takes a false elevation reading.
'Sometimes the circle is in place, where there's nothing present,' they wrote.
'Radar have problems with determining the elevation at which the object is located, so such readout can be caused by an object that is higher or lower on the image.
'Sometimes radar does not report elevation at all and in such cases the circle is drawn at zero elevation.'
Will Tesla ever release a car that can drive itself across America?
Billionaire tech mogul Elon Musk has claimed that a Tesla will soon be able to drive itself cross country.
In 2016, Musk said that a Tesla would be able to drive itself from Los Angeles to New York.
Year after year, he has has failed to deliver on that promise.
Last August, Musk insinuated that the cross-country trip wouldn't be happening until 2018.
'It is certainly possible that I will have egg on my face on that front, but if it's not at the end of the year, it will be very close,' Musk said in a call with investors last year.
Tesla has been inching closer to releasing a fully autonomous car.
Its self-driving software, Autopilot, hasn't been without speed bumps, however.