Tesla’s “rapid improvement with pure vision” “autopilot” update is another grossly negligent dud

Michael DeKort
3 min readJul 10, 2021

Less than 24hours after the L5 last year, I have “6 9s highway AP a month ago, we ditched radar update does this


The car almost hits monorail pylons. Keep in mind that the object is should be irrelevant. It shouldn’t hit anything in those locations. This is the same grossly negligent and incompetent fatal sensor/perception design flaw.

We will be seeing more videos as the minutes go by.

Here’s the tweet quote from Elon — https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1412917288626384896?s=20

Update 1

New video — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GlIdu7prsAw

The reviewer said he was impressed which is ridiculous. Many of the issues were benign everyday issues. When most of the >1M AP/FSD Tesla’s can go a year without benign disengagements we can chat about getting closer to L4.

Update 2

Jalopnik article — https://jalopnik.com/videos-showing-off-teslas-new-fsd-beta-9-are-out-and-ar-1847275211

Update 3

New video — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJ-yU-lCJBw

At 9:15 — First tries to hit another car face on, then sees a semi entering another dimension and passing through the car itself and as a finish attempts to drive into a ditch to possibly kill/hurt a construction worker: all in under 30 seconds.

Update 4

11 errors — https://twitter.com/giacaglia/status/1414605317841702914?s=20

Update 5

Unprotected lefts — clearly going to kill someone


Update 6

Terror in Chicago


More detail here

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

Tesla “Autopilot” killed a teenager in 2019 — Do we really need it to be a young child or family?

· https://imispgh.medium.com/tesla-autopilot-killed-a-teenager-in-2019-do-we-really-need-it-to-be-a-young-child-or-family-39d684f998c9

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

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

Elon admits “autopilot” development was harder than expected, but he, nor anyone else actually gets it yet

· https://imispgh.medium.com/elon-admits-autopilot-development-was-harder-than-expected-but-he-nor-anyone-else-actually-gets-d44120af2f65

The NTSB frets over human Guinea pigs then chastises and punts to the even more reckless NHTSA

· https://imispgh.medium.com/the-ntsb-frets-over-human-guinea-pigs-then-chastises-and-punts-to-the-even-more-reckless-nhtsa-f406046ddd3

Using the Real World is better than Proper Simulation for AV Development — NONSENSE

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 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