The Moon Tricks Tesla's Full Self-Driving Feature Into Thinking It's a Yellow Light
Tesla recently announced that any Tesla user can subscribe to Autopilot’s Full Self-Driving feature for $99 to $199 per month, but it seems the new feature still comes with its fair share of kinks. Recently a Tesla driver took to Twitter to share an entertaining little problem with the system.
It turns out that the feature mistakes the full moon for a yellow light and slows down the vehicle. It should be noted that this is an extremely yellow and quite low moon.
Hey @elonmusk you might want to have your team look into the moon tricking the autopilot system. The car thinks the moon is a yellow traffic light and wanted to keep slowing down. ?? @Teslarati @teslaownersSV @TeslaJoy pic.twitter.com/6iPEsLAudD— Jordan Nelson (@JordanTeslaTech) July 23, 2021
Tesla has had its fair share of issues since introducing its Full Self-Driving feature, but that is to be expected when trialing a new technology. Engineers try their best to mitigate any and all problems before they arise, but that is simply impossible.
On the bright side, the firm does do its best to fix any potential issues once they are brought to their attention. Still, one has to wonder at what stage of development is Tesla's Full Self-Driving feature.
Last May, we reported that a Tesla leak that said Elon Musk often exaggerated the feature's capabilities. However, in this case, it seems like a pretty fair mistake, but a mistake that needs addressing nonetheless.
Traffic lights can be confusing for systems to recognize and a very low-hanging yellow moon can even be misrepresented as a traffic light to the human eye momentarily. So let's cut Musk some slack and wait to see how his engineers fix this problem, which we have no doubt will be addressed sooner rather than later.
Why do we do it, how can we stop it, and who else is at it?