The race to deploy self-driving cars continues to heat up as automakers and technology companies work at lightning speed to come to market first. Arguably, General Motors has been one of the most aggressive. It acquired Cruise Automation and most recently purchased Strobe Inc, a LIDAR developer to bolster is self-driving car projects.
Tesla has made similar self-driving-car promises in the past and CEO Elon Musk said the hardware installed on 2016 and newer vehicles house the capability for full autonomy. GM director of autonomous vehicle integration, Scott Miller, believes Musk’s claims are not accurate, however, calling the CEO “full of crap.”
“I think he is full of crap,” Miller told journalists, reported by Business Insider. “To think you can see everything you need for a level five autonomous car [full self-driving] with cameras and radar, I don’t know how you do that,” he said.
Miller refers to the fact fully self-driving cars often rely on LIDAR systems to “see” the world around them. Tesla does not equip even the newest vehicles with LIDAR systems—only cameras and radar systems to operate the electric-car maker’s Autopilot system.
Musk claimed the current hardware will eventually support full autonomy with software under development. He did not give a timeframe for when it may be ready, however.