Tesla upgrading cameras and putting radar back? I thought the system was enough to get to L4? This is admitting incompetence and negligence, especially to NHTSA

Michael DeKort
3 min readJun 13, 2022

Two reference article

Tesla secures multibillion-dollar deal with Samsung for new cameras for self-driving — https://electrek.co/2022/06/10/tesla-secures-billion-deal-samsung-new-cameras-self-driving/

Tesla files to use a new radar and everyone is confused — https://electrek.co/2022/06/08/tesla-files-use-new-radar-confused/

The system needs significantly improves cameras AND a much better radar than it had before? (Likely an imaging radar). Prior to this it was brutally obvious camera only systems are nowhere near capable of public domain autonomy. No active sensors, no mapping etc. It’s all brutally obvious incompetence.

It is also very clear Tesla and Elon lied to the shareholders, employees, public, SEC, NHTSA, NTSB etc. They knew camera system, including the cameras themselves were inferior. And getting rid of the inferior radar they had before was a massive mistake. (That radar, like many others, has too few transmitters and wide beam patterns to properly locate objects laterally or vertically. Hence, the false negatives in the past.) These issues have led to dozens of needless deaths. Not only L1 AEB users but L2 needless human Guinea pigs drivers who depended on AEB and proper cutover. Tesla announcing their system is a mess and they needed not just better cameras, but radar returned and a better one at that. (Not counting 4 main board hardware versions). This is evidence of gross negligence and fraud. At best this is manslaughter.

More on my POV here. Including how to do this right.

SAE Autonomous Vehicle Engineering magazine editor calling me “prescient” regarding my position on Tesla and the overall driverless vehicle industry’s untenable development and testing approach — (Page 2) https://assets.techbriefs.com/EML/2021/digital_editions/ave/AVE-202109.pdf

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 and Tesla back themselves into a mutual corner-With Tesla giving NHTSA a way to ding it without exposing the industry

· https://imispgh.medium.com/nhtsa-and-tesla-back-themselves-into-a-mutual-corner-with-tesla-giving-nhtsa-a-way-to-ding-it-178db5688c4a

Tesla, not the “safety driver”, should likely be charged in the first “Full Self Driving” manslaughter case

· https://imispgh.medium.com/tesla-not-the-safety-driver-should-likely-be-charged-in-the-first-full-self-driving-4da9b27034c

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

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

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

My name is Michael DeKort — I am Navy veteran (ASW C4ISR) and a former system engineer, engineering, and program manager for Lockheed Martin. I worked in aircraft simulation, the software engineering manager for all of NORAD, a software project manager on an Aegis Weapon System baseline, and a C4ISR systems engineer for DoD/DHS and the US State Department (counterterrorism). And a Senior Advisory Technical Project Manager for FTI to the Army AI Task Force at CMU NREC (National Robotics Engineering Center)

Autonomous 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)

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

- Member Teleoperation Consortium

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- Stakeholder for UL4600 — Creating AV Safety Guidelines

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

SAE Autonomous Vehicle Engineering magazine editor calling me “prescient” regarding my position on Tesla and the overall driverless vehicle industry’s untenable development and testing approach — (Page 2) https://assets.techbriefs.com/EML/2021/digital_editions/ave/AVE-202109.pdf

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

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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