Craig discusses the programming logic errors that are wreaking havoc with today’s automobiles that employ adaptive cruise control and causing extreme danger to the occupants.

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[00:00:00] Craig Peterson: Hey, if you’ve got adaptive cruise control or driver assist in your car, I’ve got some news for you. It may not be what you think it is.

you’re listening to Craig Peterson. Thanks for joining me today. Every week we cover some of the top stories in the news that are going to affect. Do you, I try and let you know about things that are coming down the pipe that in this case might kill you and what you can do about it. We talk about security.

We talk about security, in light of both business and I try and make stuff available for home users. Of course, computer network security is what I do for a living. So near and dear to me, I have been on computer networks using them. Being paid for them, configuring them for many decades now.

[00:01:00] And in the security business, on the internet, really since the early nineties, 91 is when I first started doing it, when it became legal to do it on the internet September that year. And, just kept growing and growing from there. So that’s where we’re at, but that’s not what we’re going to talk about right now.

Right now we’re going to talk about a real problem. And it’s something that triple a disclosed. I’ve told people before about when I was an, in the EMS and we were out on the highway and there had been a collision. Someone had run into the center divider and it was being caused by this the strangest phenomenon.

We had trees along the side of the highway and those trees at the treetops all had snow on them. And then there was the wind blowing. So the wind started blowing. It was blowing the snow off the top of the trees across the highway. And when it was blowing it across the highway, It created ice on the road.

[00:02:00] So people had no idea that yeah, there is snow side of the road who cares. They’re driving along. They come around the corner and there is a shaded portion where the snow been blowing on that turned into ice. It was absolute ice. So there we were out on the highway, we had a big fire engine full of water sitting there.

That was the furthest back unit that was sitting there. We had a police car or two, I think that was there with us, with their lights on. So people would hope you notice. Of course, the firetruck had all of its lights on too. And then I was there with the ambulance and we were treating patients. down the highway, come, are there cars, right?

The roads clear. It may be wintertime, but do I need to worry about right clear road? So they’re doing 65 mile an hour zone doing so that’s 75 80. Who knows what? They come around the corner and right. One of them is a fire truck full of water. Think about how heavy that is talking many tons and no way to stop.

[00:03:00] So we had a car plow right into the rear end of the firetruck and it pushed it forward feet forward. It was just amazing the impact. And then another car came and ran right into the back of that car. And another car came and ran into the back of that. So we had four cars there in this now multi-vehicle accident.

it’s one thing to have that happen when the conditions are like that. And you’re not really sure. And you’re not driving at a safe speed for the road conditions. It’s another thing. When you’ve got a car, a brand new car that has built into it, this adaptive cruise control that’s designed to keep you safe, To make your life more valuable, right. And easier and better. But what are people doing? you might’ve seen the video of these two guys in a Tesla. I think it was a model ass going down the mass pike. Apparently sound asleep. Somebody took a video of, following them for a few minutes there on the pike shooting through their side window and sure enough, they weren’t moving, probably were asleep.

[00:04:00] People have gained a lot of confidence in this and there are some misrepresentations. If you ask me from some of these vendors, Where they’re saying, yeah, it’s not just an adaptive cruise control anymore. It’s not lane assist anymore. It’s self-driving. We hear that all the time, self-driving, and most of them require you to have your hands on the steering wheel.

Some of them watch your eyes to make sure that you’re paying attention to the road. Maybe not a hundred percent, but pretty close. And then. They’ll do things like I, I like what Cadillac was doing. They probably still are, but the seat shakes to wake you up. Hey, come on, pay attention here.

[00:05:00] That’s a really good idea. But people are doing, 80 miles an hour down some of these big roads, right? Without thinking twice about doing something else at the same time. Here’s the problem we’re finding it. Isn’t just these people in the winter who were rear-ending the firetrucks out on the turnpike what’s happened now is we’re seeing these self-driving car rear-ending fire engines.

How could you rear-end a fire engine? It does not exalt itself. Little tiny car, right? They’ll remember those little Honda roller-skates from back in the seventies, right? It’s a big object on the road, in the middle of the lane. So some of these cars have been rear-ending firetrucks.

Some of them have been rear-ending other vehicles like police cars and others. So AAA now has a report out. That’s just absolutely amazing published by our friends over at. ARS Technica. You should check them out if you haven’t checked them out recently, they’ve got a lot of great information out there on their website, but Ars Technica was covering this article.

[00:06:00] That was part of this little study. The AAA did. Now, how big a study? they had 800 hours on these cars looking at them. They had cars from a senior was GM Ford, Sue brew, BMW, and KIA. And none of them really pass this test. What was the test? they made a car it’s the same size and looks the same as well.

Like a Toyota Prius type car. So it was inflated. So if you were to hit it, nobody would tie, That’s always a good idea. And it was, however, providing a visual clue. It looked like a car, it reflected radar. If the device was using radar, they don’t really use that nowadays. So there was mimicking the real world conditions.

[00:07:00] It wasn’t just sitting off the road, right? It wasn’t one of these things that were as one wheel off the road, it was sitting right there in the lane. So they tested these self-driving cars also known as adaptive cruise control, emergency braking. Let’s see what happens when that car comes up to my fake car.

Is it going to slow down? Is it going to change lanes? Is it going to emergency brake at the last minute? What’s it going to do right. Something you really need to know if he’s vehicles so on. Fortunately what they found wasn’t good news. The bottom line is they found most of these vehicles rear-ended that fake car sitting on the road.

[00:08:00] That is a very bad thing. And it’s not just Tesla’s autopilot. That’s struggling with parked vehicles. Oh no, it was everybody. All of them. the national transportation safety board has investigated several fatal crashes involving Tesla where the vehicles were using autopilot, something we know.

Okay. Something again, they’ve got up in the ARS Technica Article. There’s a number of other ones that are out there that kind of autopilot type of capabilities, but the USA, or I should say AAA was very disappointed here. So they did some quality, the testing of the five cars it’s on public highways. So they did 800 miles of testing.

They had drivers in the BMW, in the Ford, in the Kia, and the Subaru. And they drove them that 800 miles. Wow. If you have the driver there, the whole idea is, does the driver have to intervene? Does he have to grab that steering wheel in kind of jerk it, to avoid something or hit the brakes or do something else in order to stop a crash, right?

[00:09:00] Stop somebody from getting hit or going off the road? according to AAA. They found the drivers in the BMW Ford Kia and Subaru cars had to intervene dozens of times mostly because the vehicles seemed to be drifting out of its lane. When we get back, we’re going to be talking about our next advert today, artificial intelligence.

So bottom line people. If your car has adaptive cruise control, that’s all it is. Keep your eyes on the road and your hands on the steering wheel and move.

We’ll be right back.

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