Tesla rejected eye-tracking technology for Autopilot because it is ineffective: Musk

Tesla rejected eye-tracking technology for Autopilot because it is ineffective: Musk

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has said in a recent Twitter post that the company decided against the addition of eye-tracking sensors to the Autopilot hardware suite because it found the technology to be ineffective.

The comment from Musk has come in response to an article in the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) which claimed that Tesla Motors rejected the addition of eye-tracking technology to Autopilot because of cost reasons.

According to the WSJ article, Musk and other Tesla executives chose not to add eye-tracking technology to Autopilot “because of costs” as well as due to concerns that the technology may not be effective or may infuriate some drivers by its frequent beeping sound.

In reaction to the article, Musk said in a post on Twitter that it is “false” to cite ‘cost’ as a reason behind Tesla’s move to give eye-tracking technology a miss on its Autopilot hardware suite.

Other than Musk’s comments on Twitter, a formal response to the WSJ article has been issued by a Tesla spokesperson who has asserted that the company’s Autopilot team members “make decisions based on what will improve safety and provide the best customer experience, not for any other reason.” The spokesperson also said that Tesla is expected to “provide criticism and feedback to ensure that we’re creating the best, safest cars on the road.”

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