The American magazine Consumer Reports conducted a very special experiment and declared that it was really easy to "mock" the Autopilot of Tesla, i.e. the suite of advanced hardware tools for managing the autopilot on iconic cars.
Apparently it is possible trick the system of Tesla to make it work without anyone in the driver's seat: it happened in Texas, where a fatal accident occurred caused by a vehicle in which the driver was missing.
Speaking of the experimentUsing a chain attached to the steering wheel to simulate driver hand pressure, two Consumer Reports researchers were able to use the steering wheel dial on a Tesla Model Y to accelerate from a closed-course test track for several miles. all while sitting in the passenger seat and backseat.
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Tricking the Tesla into running without someone behind the wheel was as simple as keeping the driver's seatbelt on, not opening the door during the test, and using your weight to simulate your hands on the wheel.
Obviously this experiment it must not be replicated, if not by professionals in the sector.
So how to overcome this huge problem on the safety of the autopilot system? Many manufacturers have already taken steps in this direction installing video cameras on board with sensors capable of recognizing the face and eye movements, so as to activate protection in real time. Let's just hope that Tesla adapts as soon as possible!