Elon Musk just told us Tesla needs an “Autopilot” development do over

Michael DeKort
3 min readAug 24, 2021


I would normally include a reference article from the press. Only NONE of them caught this. All they could focus on was Elon saying he is not happy with how the last release worked.

Here is the exact Tweet from Elon

FSD Beta 9.2 is actually not great imo, but Autopilot/AI team is rallying to improve as fast as possible.

We’re trying to have a single stack for both highway & city streets, but it requires massive NN retraining.


That second part is the real issue. Seems to me it says they used two stacks to split urban and highway driving. Which they are now combining and to do so they must retrain the neural nets.

Couple questions

· Why were the stacks split in the first place? Seems like a foolish thing to do. Didn’t that force a huge processing load when they are run in parallel for ODD transition zones?

· If L5 five was supposed to deliver last year, and Elon stating he had “6 9s highway AP” months ago, how was it possible they thought they were remotely close? (Setting aside the plethora of video proof they weren’t.)

· Doesn’t “retrain” mean they cannot integrate learned capabilities or some portion of them from two systems to one? Does that mean they have to ditch all city/urban and keep highway? Or just relearn the transition ODDs?

· Isn’t all of this a massive do over and a significant step back?

· Coupled with the constant lies and extremely bad performance of the system, why does anyone think these folks are competent? Seems to me they were and still are winging it. And worst of all they still don’t get how to do this right. (My suggestion on that is below.)

More detail here.

The Autonomous Vehicle Industry can be Saved by doing the Opposite of what is being done now to create this technology

· https://medium.com/@imispgh/the-autonomous-vehicle-industry-can-be-saved-by-doing-the-opposite-of-what-is-being-done-now-b4e5c6ae9237

SAE Autonomous Vehicle Engineering Magazine — Simulation’s Next Generation (featuring Dactle)

· https://www.sae.org/news/2020/08/new-gen-av-simulation

How the failed Iranian hostage rescue in 1980 can save the Autonomous Vehicle industry

· https://imispgh.medium.com/how-the-failed-iranian-hostage-rescue-in-1980-can-save-the-autonomous-vehicle-industry-be76238dea36

USDOT introduces VOICES Proof of Concept for Autonomous Vehicle Industry-A Paradigm Shift?

· https://imispgh.medium.com/usdot-introduces-voices-proof-of-concept-for-autonomous-vehicle-industry-a-paradigm-shift-87a12aa1bc3a

NHTSA should impose an immediate “Autopilot” moratorium and report initial investigation findings in 30 days

· https://imispgh.medium.com/nhtsa-should-impose-an-immediate-autopilot-moratorium-and-report-initial-investigation-findings-de5b6da4d704

Tesla “autopilot” development effort needs to be stopped and people held accountable

· https://medium.com/@imispgh/tesla-autopilot-development-effort-needs-to-be-stopped-and-people-arrested-f280229d2284

NHTSA Opens Probe on Tesla’s “Autopilot” Crashes with Parked Emergency Vehicles

· https://imispgh.medium.com/nhtsa-opens-probe-on-teslas-autopilot-crashes-with-parked-emergency-vehicles-fc4885a8e055

My name is Michael DeKort — I am a former system engineer, engineering and program manager for Lockheed Martin. I worked in aircraft simulation, the software engineering manager for all of NORAD, the Aegis Weapon System, and on C4ISR for DHS.

Industry Participation — Air and Ground

- Founder SAE On-Road Autonomous Driving Simulation Task Force

- Member SAE ORAD Verification and Validation Task Force

- Member UNECE WP.29 SG2 Virtual Testing

- Stakeholder USDOT VOICES (Virtual Open Innovation Collaborative Environment for Safety)

- Member SAE G-34 / EUROCAE WG-114 Artificial Intelligence in Aviation

- Member Teleoperation Consortium

- Member CIVATAglobal — Civic Air Transport Association

- Stakeholder for UL4600 — Creating AV Safety Guidelines

- Member of the IEEE Artificial Intelligence & Autonomous Systems Policy Committee

- Presented the IEEE Barus Ethics Award for Post 9/11 DoD/DHS Whistleblowing Efforts



Michael DeKort

Non-Tribal Truth Seeker-IEEE Barus Ethics Award/9–11 Whistleblower-Aerospace/DoD Systems Engineer/Member SAE Autonomy and eVTOL development V&V & Simulation