Sam joins Leo to talk about Tesla's new beta self-driving program that you can buy for $10,000. But when you buy it, the car will monitor your driving for a week and then decide whether you deserve the upgrade. It's looking for risky behavior and has to do with insurance and sharing driving data. Sam doesn't think anyone should rely on self-driving software. It's nowhere near ready for the average driver.
Sam also wants to talk about software technology based on The Light camera, which had 16 lenses built into it. The camera went nowhere, but the software is LIDAR based and makes a 3D image depth mapped image that cars can use for its auto-driving features. But instead of 16 cameras, it uses three placed around the front of the car, and it can get very accurate distance measurements. It can also be used for automatic backing up and parking purposes.
You can read the white paper here.
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