AD #3379 – Baidu Says Its Ahead of Tesla’s AV Tech; GM Expands Super Cruise in China; Senate Axes Incentives For E-Bikes

August 8th, 2022 at 11:48am

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Runtime: 9:43

0:08 Baidu Says Its Ahead of Tesla’s AV Tech
0:51 Bi-Partisan Support in U.S. For AVs
1:37 China Drafts AV Regs
1:59 California Sues Tesla Over Autopilot & FSD
3:26 GM Expands Super Cruise in China
4:34 Aptera Teases Its Interior
5:09 U.S. Senate Axes Incentives For E-Bikes
6:47 UAW Officers Get a Pay Raise
7:13 NIO To Build Battery Swappers in Hungary
7:44 Lucid’s CEO Working on Factory Floor
8:32 Tour Lake Michigan In Your EV

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18 Comments to “AD #3379 – Baidu Says Its Ahead of Tesla’s AV Tech; GM Expands Super Cruise in China; Senate Axes Incentives For E-Bikes”

  1. Lambo2015 Says:

    Figured it was only a matter of time before Tesla ended up in court over auto-pilot. Autonomy is so ambiguous with its different levels and many terms. To me everything is driving assist features until you achieve full autonomy. If a driver needs to pay attention or do certain tasks then its not auto-pilot or even autonomous. It is equipped with many driving assist features and nothing more.

  2. Kevin A Says:

    Baidu, like Tesla, likes to announce its INTENTIONS and hope that you think they are FACTS. In both cases, you have to consider it BS until AFTER they do it. To paraphrase the Texas quote ‘It ain’t bragging if you do it.’ , for EV makers, ‘It IS just bragging until after you do it.’

  3. Lambo2015 Says:

    Why would the government incentivise E-bikes? What pollution would they be preventing to go from a pedal bike to an E-bike? Just creating more demand on the already demanding battery production. Encouraging people to get even less exercise. Besides its a Inflation reduction act but it includes a nice tax on coal so you can expect an increase for those areas that still use coal even though its name is inflation reduction act.

  4. Kit Gerhart Says:

    3 The people I know with E-bikes use them for recreation, not transportation. They get somewhat more exercise than the would without them, because the E-bikes replace time sitting doing nothing, rather than time riding regular bikes. Anyway, I agree than incentives for E-bikes would make little sense.

  5. wmb Says:

    Tesla is quick to point out that AutoPilot and Full Self Driving, are just names and in no way that the drive can EVER take their mind or attention off driving their vehicle. So I just wonder if the VW Group would have gotten into so much trouble, if they said that the engines that they were caught cheating with, that these were just the names of the engines, but some where in their fine print indicated that the engines do not meet the claimed benefits that their names imply?! LOL Just joking and not trying to stop a war or anything.

  6. Kit Gerhart Says:

    5 The use of trade names “Autopilot” and “Full Self Driving” by Tesla fall into the same category as ads for healthy cigarettes from the 1930s-1950s.

  7. Bob Wilson Says:

    With luck, California will sue Musk enough to close down the remaining factories and labs in California. I understand there are States and even another country that borders California.

  8. Tim Beaumont Says:

    Reason Tesla, FSD being sued – lawyers.

  9. Kit Gerhart Says:

    8 Also, FSD is complete BS. If it won’t drive me somewhere while I sleep,it’s not full self driving.

  10. Kit Gerhart Says:

    7 If Tesla completely leaves California, all of those Californians who have been buying the cars might look more closely at the competition that is hitting the market.

  11. Lambo2015 Says:

    9 Maybe they just need to change the name to ASD (Almost self driving). Its like saying you have intermittent wipers that only have on and off. Its just sending the wrong message to consumers.

  12. Bob Wilson Says:

    March 25, 2019, I took delivery of my Tesla Model 3 with an early version of Autopilot. In October, I paid for Full Self Driving. Knowing how hard of a problem it is, I remain patient and test the beta releases carefully. First with no other traffic to understand the edge cases, usually around 3 AM. Both Autopilot and FSD have problem reporting mechanisms that I use.

    Last week, I supervised Autopilot driving over 1,500 miles between my home and my Mom’s home. Each leg took 18 hours including thunder and lightning storms. Everything worked as expected including the rare phantom braking and driving directly into the sun. But then I carefully tested both years ago.

    IMHO, the biggest problem is the lack of a training program. My testing protocol provides my training but non-engineers are not equipped to handle theses sophisticated systems without training. Even my passengers get scared. Yet they are truly the “E ticket” ride.

  13. Bob Wilson Says:

    #10 – leaving more Tesla product for the rest of us.

  14. Kit Gerhart Says:

    13 Yeah, for now there is a few month wait. That should change when Austin gets up to speed.

    I took my Highlander in this morning for my free 5K mile service (tire rotation). The Toyota/Honda dealer had no new cars. They are still all pre-bought before they arrive.

  15. merv Says:

    just wish to give a shout out to your sponsors and thank them for their support

  16. Bob Wilson Says:

    #15 and I fully agree.

    I want to call out to Bridgestone who from our Prius to our EV days have given us low rolling resistance and long, affordable service life. Bridgestone compliments the goals of efficient drivers.

  17. Kit Gerhart Says:

    16 My Camry Hybrid came with Firestone LRR tires, now part of Bridgestone. I was surprised that the Firestones gave noticably better mpg than the Continentals that replaced them. Different LRR tires are not equal in rolling resistance.

  18. Lambo2015 Says:

    13 That’s the kind of thinking that losses market share.
    However I doubt if Tesla relocates to say Texas that it would make much difference to Californians where there Tesla was built. Right now Tesla has a good problem to have and that they cant build cars fast enough. So I don’t see them closing up the Fremont facility anytime soon no matter the crazy laws that the state puts in place or drags them into court. If it wasn’t California it would have been a Class action suit or maybe another state or maybe even the NHTSA. Either way FSD is misleading and is false advertising. Many people would believe FSD means I set the route and take a nap, wake up when I get there and that is not the message we want buyers to have. Tesla can put as many disclaimers and warning labels as they want but it doesn’t change that the name FSD provides an expectation that currently not available.