Marques Brownlee reveals risks of using Tesla’s automatic Car Summon - Dexerto

Marques Brownlee reveals risks of using Tesla’s automatic Car Summon

Published: 25/May/2020 19:56

by Alan Bernal


The popular Car Summon feature on upgraded Tesla models is a work-in-progress as YouTuber Marques Brownlee, better known as MKBHD, showed while explaining how the car company works to upgrade and patch out certain risks.

One of the most surprising developments in the electric car industry of the last decade has been the semi-complete autopilot and summon feature packed into the Tesla sports cars. As with most tech innovations, the release was preceded by realizations of how it could be improved.

While explaining how Tesla upgrades their cars over time, MKBHD saw how the Smart Summon feature doesn’t quite “drive like a regular human driver” – noting some awkward pitfalls while using.

“It does see pedestrians and moving objects,” he said. “Sometimes it slows down for them. Which you would hope every time it would slow down for pedestrians. But sometimes, it just didn’t.”

The YouTuber mentioned how the car “usually slows down” for signs and intersections, while “completely ignoring all the lines on the road.” MKBHD said this could make it harder for other drivers to predict the car’s movement on the road.

Tesla’s software updates can serve to fix the depreciation of value that cars typically have.

But it’s not all gloom for potential Tesla buyers. The cars are full-fledged vehicles, but they’re mostly a piece of developing tech, or at least that’s how the company is approaching its present day shortcomings.

In the car manufacturer’s website, they’re teasing an Autosteer function labeled as “upcoming” for its Full Self-Driving package.

While the $7,000 upgrade has a lot of improvements over the standard Autopilot feature, the company is constantly adding and improving the tech as they develop more solutions.

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MKBHD explained how these changes come from people using the car and the features that might carry risk with them right now, but if only to send data back to Tesla for potential fixes.

“They have thousands, millions, of drivers who are willing to test this over and over again,” MKBHD said. “Tesla will use all of that data, all of the successful and failed attempts, turn around and work on new software to make it better.”

Since the flashiest parts of these machines are the tech that go under the hood, the downfalls and risks that come with Teslas can be improved on without having to buy a vastly upgraded model.


TikTokker explains how she managed to live in her car for over a year

Published: 27/Nov/2020 17:46

by Michael Gwilliam


TikTok star Nikita Crump has managed to pull off the incredible feat of living in her car, a 2012 Honda Civic, for over one year. Now, she has explained how she was able to pull it off in a new YouTube video.

Crump’s journey began in a video first uploaded on November 3, 2019 where she explained how she officially told her landlord she would be moving out of her home and into her car.

According to Crump, this wasn’t some impromptu decision and she had been spending a few months actively thinking about it before taking the plunge.

TikTok star Nikita crump lives in car
Nikita has been living in her car for over a year.

Despite having a nice house with affordable rent and good roommates, she felt moving into her car was something she “had to do.”

Since then, she has successfully spent a whole year living in her car and marked the anniversary of her first night by explaining how she is able to stay cool or warm at night.

In the backseat of her car, the YouTuber keeps a pillow and too fuzzy blankets which she uses to cover herself up.

Along with her sweatpants and sweatshirt, she is able to stay warm even in the winter months. However, occasionally she has to put a jacket on if it’s ever especially cold outside.

“In Northern California, a lot of the warmer days are still cool nights, so I’m fortunate that most nights throughout the year are totally bearable, but there’s totally been the occasion where it is hot, I am sweating and I wear as minimal clothing as I can,” she explained.

Luckily, she also has a rechargeable fan which can help her get through the night if need be despite only staying charged for one day.

@nikitaraschellYeah, I’m homeless. I live in my civic, I shower at my gym, and I’m just your average gal. ##whatsinmybag ##hotelcivic ##homeless ##sponsorme♬ Aesthetic Girl – Yusei

In addition to just staying cool, the TikTok sensation also revealed she showers at the gym and keeps plenty of personal hygiene products inside her bag including shampoo, toothpaste, and deodorant to name a few.

Now, Crump is hitting the road and embarking on a two-month-long trip around the United States where she’ll be documenting her experiences.

The entertainer’s decision to live in her car has paid dividends, as she currently has over one million followers on TikTok.