Internet cult figure Drew Curtis sat down with The US Sun to share his predictions about self-driving cars.
When asked about the future of self-driving cars, Curtis said: stupid things humans do.
“One of the recent setbacks has been the realization that level 3 automation is pretty risky.
“Human operators rarely need to intervene. [during Level 3 self-driving] They weren’t paying attention when they should.
“There is a lot of complexity involved in getting to level 4.
“Hopefully this doesn’t turn out to be 20 years down the road every year like nuclear fusion.”
Curtis was called a “time traveler” after tweeting on December 31, 2015, “I’m a time traveler from 2020. Enjoy 2016. It’s been great for a while.”
He then retweeted his predictions in the first year of Covid-19, saying, “This tweet is old enough.”
People began to believe he was a time traveler, but Curtis said his prediction was “complete coincidence”.
But he’s now happy to share his predictions on the internet and give The US Sun his opinions on various levels of self-driving capabilities.
Self-driving technology companies have experimented with different ways to account for the unpredictability of human driving.
Some autonomous (self-driving) organizations rely on remotely operated vehicles.
Remotely controlled driving allows remote control of a fully autonomous vehicle.
Most self-driving manufacturers now test their vehicles with a human in the driver’s seat, ready to take over driving in an emergency.
Remote-controlled driving is a safer way to test self-driving cars because it doesn’t require humans to be in physical danger.
Remote-controlled driving is achieved through encrypted data communication between on-board vehicle sensors and a remote driving console, reports MotorTrend.
Self-driving ability is rated by a level system from 0 to 5.
The Level 3 autonomous driving technology Curtis mentioned is when the car scans its surroundings and makes independent decisions, such as passing another car.
Even when behind the wheel of a Level 3 autonomous vehicle, drivers must remain vigilant to resume manual control when danger is imminent.
Level 4 is the first true autonomous driving stage. This is because most road conditions do not require a manual override.
Curtis said he hoped level 4 self-driving wouldn’t be one of those “every year, always 20 years away” things, but self-driving developers like Tesla are making this fear a reality. I am making things.
Earlier this year, a video was posted to YouTube showing Musk in 2014, repeatedly claiming that a fully self-driving Tesla was just around the corner.
In the clip, Musk said:  Probably 90% autopilot capable. ”
The video continues to show Musk saying a fully self-driving Tesla is rapidly approaching every year from 2014 to 2021.
In September, Tesla was sued alleging that it misled customers by falsely advertising its fully self-driving and autopilot capabilities.
The lawsuit accuses Tesla of touting its self-driving technology as fully operational or “just around the corner” since 2016.