General Motors, parent company of Holden, has taken aim at Tesla and its claim that its vehicles can be fully autonomous.
GM director of autonomous vehicle integration, Scott Miller, has claimed Elon Musk is "full of crap", in regards to the American electric carmaker's claims that the Tesla Model 3 autopilot system is capable of level 5 autonomous driving. Miller was holding a presentation on GM’s Super Cruise technology which provides level 2 autonomous driving technology in current Cadillac vehicles.
Tesla claims: “All Tesla vehicles produced in our factory, including Model 3, already have the hardware needed for full self-driving capability.”
But Miller says that it is simply not possible and that Tesla has capability near level 4 or 5 built into its current fleet.
“I think he’s full of crap,” Miller said.
“The things you would need to have level 5 autonomous, with cameras and radar, I don’t know how you (would) do that. To say you could be a full level 5 with just cameras and radar I don’t think is possible”.
Miller also had Audi and Mercedes-Benz in his sights, stating that it is irresponsible for them to claim that they have self-driving technology built into production cars. beyond what they really are.
“We could be saying we’re a level 5 right now, but we’re not saying that and I think it’s irresponsible to say that. Do you really want to trust one sensor measuring the speed of an oncoming car at an intersection before you pull out?”
Beyond the claims that Musk is full of crap, Miller did admit it is possible that Tesla has the ability now to drive form New York to Los Angeles, just as GM is doing right now.
“There’s lots of room in that statement in being able to do a level 2 from coast to coast… we just did, we’re doing it right now. (But) To be at what SAE level 5 autonomous is, I don’t think he is.”
However, GM is optimistic in its own ability to roll out highly autonomous level 4 cars in less than a year.
“I think we said we would have a level four in a ride share market in a matter of quarters not years”.
It echoes statements made to TMR this week when we learned that autonomous vehicles could make it to Australia within 10 years.