Tesla founder Elon Musk has said his company may release an upgraded version of its self-driving vehicle software in the coming months and tweak the software to eliminate a phantom braking problem.
Musk wrote on Twitter, “I think we might be a month or two away from broad beta. But these things are difficult to predict accurately.” With Tesla closing its PR division last year, many announcements are now coming directly through Musk on Twitter or via unprepared comments to reporters at press events. The automaker’s Autopilot software recently came under scrutiny after two people were killed in a crash in Texas.
Both passengers broke the rules requiring someone to remain in the driver’s seat at all times, ready to take control of the vehicle. Nevertheless, the automated system caused the crash when attempting to turn at high speed.
Rather than using lidar, the approach favored by other self-driving technology companies like Google, and requiring expensive hardware, Tesla’s Autopilot uses cameras, ultrasonic sensors and radar to see and sense the environment around the car.
However, it is also not intended to be used at this stage without the possibility of additional input from a human driver.
When asked by a Twitter user whether his vision-only system would solve the problem with ‘phantom braking’, where a Tesla car sometimes brakes suddenly under an overpass or bridge, Musk replied, ‘Yes.
‘ Tesla has also said it will stop accepting Bitcoin as payment for its vehicles just months after the company purchased $ 1.5 billion worth of cryptocurrency in a move that has bolstered its increasing value.
In another tweet, Musk said the decision was made because of concerns about the Bitcoin network’s high electricity consumption and the fact that much of it is generated from coal and other fossil fuels.
It came just a day after Musk asked Twitter users if they thought his company should start accepting Dogecoin for payments, an alternative cryptocurrency that is ultimately based on the same framework as Bitcoin and places similar demands on the energy network.
After the decision to stop using Bitcoin, the cryptocurrency’s value immediately dropped by 5 percent. This happened just a week after Musk called Dogecoin a “ hustle ” while hosting an episode of Saturday Night Live, which also caused the value of that currency to drop.
Chris Sedgwick, director of security operations at cybersecurity firm Talion, said: “The idea that Bitcoin uses a lot of energy is a fact, but the energy type breakdown is somewhat controversial.
The latest study from the University of Cambridge in their “3rd Global Cryptoasset Benchmarking Study” states that 39 percent of proof-of-work mining is powered by renewable energy, primarily hydropower. “As 76 percent of these operations use renewable energy sources as part of their energy mix.
This is because Bitcoin mining activities tend to centralize around places where energy is cheap and half of global mining takes place in one location in China, very close to hydroelectric power plants.
“In this region, 5 percent comes from burning coal and 95 percent from renewable energy sources (mainly hydropower). Whether it is hydroelectric power sources in China, geothermal energy in Iceland or nuclear sites in France, these sites are often poorly located for other energy uses and therefore Bitcoin mining seems like a natural match and there is a direct incentive for Bitcoin to go there.
make the most of it. green forms of energy. “All of this means, ironically, that Bitcoin makes better use of these renewable energy technologies than almost any other industry.” Earlier this week, a mission to the moon called Doge-1 was announced, scheduled for the first quarter of 2022 using a SpaceX rocket and paid in full with Dogecoin.