Tesla boss' self-driving car claims slammed by rival

Last updated 11:36 06/10/2017
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Elon Musk co-founder of Tesla is under fire.

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Elon Musk during his presentation at the Tesla Powerpack Launch Event at Hornsdale Wind Farm on September 29, 2017 in Adelaide, Australia.

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Holden parent company, General Motors, is slamming claims by upstart rival Tesla that its cars can be fully self-driving.

GM director of autonomous vehicle integration, Scott Miller, has claimed Elon Musk is "full of crap" in his claims that the Tesla Model 3 autopilot system is capable of level 5 autonomous driving. Miller was holding a presentation on GM's Super Cruise technology which provides level 2 autonomous driving technology in current Cadillac vehicles.

Tesla claims: "All Tesla vehicles produced in our factory, including Model 3, already have the hardware needed for full self-driving capability." 

But Miller says that it is simply not possible and that Tesla has capability near level 4 or 5 built into its current fleet.

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"I think he's full of crap," Miller said.

"The things you would need to have level 5 autonomous, with cameras and radar, I don't know how you (would) do that. To say you could be a full level 5 with just cameras and radar I don't think is possible".

Miller also stated that it irresponsible for manufacturers such as Audi and Mercedes to claim they have autonomous driving capabilities built into production cars beyond what they really are.

"We could be saying we're a level 5 right now, but we're not saying that and I think it's irresponsible to say that. Do you really want to trust one sensor measuring the speed of an oncoming car at an intersection before you pull out?"

Beyond the claims that Musk is full of crap, Miller did admit it is possible that Tesla has the ability now to drive form New York to Los Angeles, just as GM is doing right now.

"There's lots of room in that statement in being able to do a level 2 from coast to coast… we just did, we're doing it right now. (But) To be at what SAE level 5 autonomous is, I don't think he is."

However, GM is optimistic in its own ability to roll out highly autonomous level 4 cars in less than a year.

"I think we said we would have a level four in a ride share market in a matter of quarters not years".

It echoes statements made to Drive this week when we learned that autonomous vehicle could make it to Australia within 10 years.

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