Volvo describes Tesla Autopilot feature as “unsupervised wannabe”

During the course of a recent interview with The Verge, automaker Volvo's Trent Victor - the company's senior technical leader of crash avoidance - said that Volvo has efforts underway to introduce an autonomous driving technology better than electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla Motors' 'Autopilot' feature.

Tesla claims that its Autopilot feature offers fully autonomous ride to the owners of the vehicles equipped with the feature. According to Tesla, the Autopilot feature has the capability to take over a vehicle's driving on motorways, and instantly prompts drivers to regain control of the vehicle in case of emergency.

However, describing the Tesla Autopilot as an "unsupervised wannabe," Victor said in an interview with The Verge that Autopilot actually offers a semi-autonomous ride; and, thus gives the impression that it has more capability than it actually does.

Though the Tesla Autopilot feature is widely labeled as Level 3 autonomy, Victor -- dismissing the feature as a "wannabe" -- told The Verge that although Autopilot can take over driving when the driver wants, it still requires the driver to be attentive at all times, so that the control of the vehicle can be taken back at a moment's notice.

Asserting that Volvo's is not in tune with the concept of Level 3 autonomy against the backdrop of the requirement that driver should be ready to take over the vehicle, Victor said: "In our concept, if you don't take over, if you have fallen asleep or are watching a film, then we will take responsibility still. We won't just turn [autonomous mode] off."

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