Safety Pilot and Driver Assist featuresPosted by khanh-nguyen on October 9, 2021 at 12:55 pm
Does anyone have information on what kind of driver assist features would be available with the first releases (adaptive cruise control, lane following, etc…)? Thanks!
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- MemberOctober 29, 2021 at 2:27 pm
Is the Safety Pilot upgrade the only way to get cruise control? I want this feature, but don’t care if it’s the adaptive version included with Safety Pilot, along with a number of other features that aren’t important to me. If all I want is basic cruise control, will it be included without Safety Pilot?
- MemberSeptember 17, 2022 at 7:31 am
Yes, basic cruise control in the base model.
- MemberOctober 30, 2021 at 8:20 am
I assume the Aptera will come with a forward facing camera as standard whether or not a person adds Safety Pilot as part of their vehicle build. This would make sense as adding Safety Pilot could be a simple software update if purchased separately after manufacturer. With these assumptions then adaptive cruise control without the need for Safety Pilot would be trivial. The vast majority of manufacturers are going to VOACC, visual-only adaptive cruise control. The software and processing required are now cost-effective and simpler than adding a separate forward radar device. So, ACC could, and should, be a standard feature as a minimum IMO.
- MemberOctober 30, 2021 at 9:09 am
Only standard cruise control will come without safety pilot.
- MemberDecember 16, 2021 at 10:43 am
I don’t need the “Level 2 Safety Pilot”, but it would be nice for me to have the Lane Keeping & Emergency Braking features. Any info if these can be ordered separately in the future? Currently there is no option to do that on the Aptera/ReserveUpgrades page and the full “Safety Pilot” option is $1,300. Thank you for any info.
- MemberDecember 16, 2021 at 10:53 am
Safety pilot includes “We will offer Safety Pilot with Level 2 autonomy capability, which includes facial tracking, lane keep, adaptive cruise, and emergency braking.” according to line 115 from Aptera’s FAQ spreadsheet located at https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/11Of3g6RYqstbXecs7j2UHHd_b8s5MebxEs-ZwkyMiiQ/edit#gid=1847163171
- MemberApril 2, 2022 at 1:27 pm
Right now, there’s only a wish list. After production begins, Aptera is likely to ship with whatever they have created so far with applicable hardware pre-installed for high priority features. New software features can be added over the air as they develop them.
- MemberApril 2, 2022 at 1:39 pm
As per the Aptera reservation page the cost for the Safety Pilot will be $1,300:
“Travel is easy as Aptera drives itself to your location with Level 2 autonomy capability, which includes facial tracking, lane keep, adaptive cruise, and emergency braking.”
I have included the Safety Pilot in my reservation, I just hope they will include lane change warning, if there is a vehicle next to you. I don’t need anything additional, and the price is right.
- MemberMay 6, 2022 at 12:29 pm
I’m excited that Aptera is offering the Safety Pilot upgrade. Long trips should be a lot less monotonous with its facial tracking, lane keep, adaptive cruise and emergency braking. It remains to be seen what it will and won’t do.
I’m thinking I may be allowed to set it and forget it on long Interstate highway travel. Personally I would have little interest in any other application.
I ordered the 400 mile version which, at 75 mph and with A/C, should give me about 220 or so miles between recharges (recharge to 80% and then run it down to 20%). Or a little over three hours of travel, then (I’m guessing) about 30 minutes on a DC fast charger at 50 kwh.
Call it wild speculation or an educated guess, but exciting.
- MemberMay 6, 2022 at 12:50 pm
I’m not real sure if the safety pilot will be in the first run cars. They haven’t spoken much on it and have yet to fully explain some of the electronics. If fact they’re just now running the test Aptera to prove the solar capabilities. I know there are computer simulations but, the real world testing is still on going.
- MemberMay 11, 2022 at 5:44 pm
A lot of good discussion on this topic in this thread. I asked Aptera directly and this is the response I received:
Thanks for asking about this! We plan to offer Safety Pilot with Level 2 autonomy capability, which includes facial tracking, lane keep, adaptive cruise, and emergency braking. We have not yet announced what will be available in the first production vehicles. Aptera is working towards a full self-driving model, although those capabilities will be released in stages. As we continue to move toward production, we will be sure to share this information with you on our website! Thank you for asking.
We are talking with several different partners about what form of autopilot we will use and we have some base hardware to work from now. The team is looking to make a decision after testing over the next few months. If you have any questions, please let me know!
What this says to me:
– Boiler plate for configuration tool for a description
– Haven’t picked a vendor yet still looking
– Not sure what (If any functionality) will be in first production
– They have some hardware which constrains the solution depending on what that hardware is
Implied message: don’t call us we will call you😉
- MemberMay 13, 2022 at 4:27 am
Will Aperta be compatible with Comma.ai’s OPEN PILOT?
With both companies being from Southern California, I’m thinking it would be a great opportunity for both companies.
- MemberMay 13, 2022 at 4:50 am
The answer is we don’t know.
Aptera has not chosen a Safety Pilot partner yet. We know that Aptera has made the decision that Safety Pilot will be camera based and that they have some hardware they will be assessing and working with during their process of vendor evaluation.
Deleted part of original post after examining their sight. The current SW is free. Open Pilot does require some additional hardware that would need to be modified to work in an Aptera. Possible candidate. Keep your fingers crossed?
- MemberMay 13, 2022 at 6:52 am
even if its not on, maybe comma ai can learn from human driving in aptera, it doesnt need to track location to learn. when self driving becomes a thing, if they can identify a political target in a car i wouldnt be suprised if they would do things to people, blame it on them wanting to drive manually bc distrust or he likes driving +drunk. other spyware could be checked for too.
- MemberMay 13, 2022 at 6:17 pm
If the Aptera comes with lane keep assist, and has electronic steering _AND_ they allow access to the CAN bus without adding a security gateway to block access to some of the steering and braking CAN bus commands then yes. The comma hardware is not vehicle specific. A port of the OpenPilot software would need to be done with a tuning of the driving parameters (steering, braking) for the Aptera. The open-source community working on OpenPilot has supported many car makes/models.
I expect someone to port OpenPilot for the Aptera. Then, having comma hardware would be an alternative to purchasing Aptera’s Safety Pilot. As a reference, some Tesla owners opt to run comma/OP instead of buying the Tesla FSD. Yep, there is an OP port for Tesla.
The original iterations of the comma hardware, EON, EON Gold, and the comma2 were built using a Chinese cell phone (LeEco Le Pro 3). The current version of the hardware, comma3, is built using a complete in-house hardware design without a cell phone as a base. It has 2 forward-facing cameras and one fisheye 360 rearward facing camera. With one small internal device mounted at the center of the windshield, they achieve a 360 view around the vehicle.
The comma hardware simply has a mount at the center of the windshield. I expect an Aptera port to happen. I have 3 iterations of the comma hardware. I am currently using the comma3 in my Chevy Volt and have a 125-mile daily round-trip commute. It is amazing what comma.ai has accomplished considering they achieved an ‘above level 2 ADAS’ using a cell phone!
- MemberJune 14, 2022 at 10:42 am
According to the AMA, l2 functionality is not going to happen in the first production vehicles.
That’s really sad as l2 is nowadays basic functionality available on entry level cars. Distance-set cruise control, automatic parking, lane assist… These are then not happening anymore?
Watch this part of the AMA:
- MemberJune 14, 2022 at 10:56 am
I think its possible that he was referring to the first 1,000 vehicles here.
- MemberJune 14, 2022 at 4:57 pm
He only stated level 2 won’t be available at the initial launch. But, the Aptera may still have level 1 which can get you lane departure warning, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, and blind-spot warning systems. These level 1 systems are off-the-shelf at this point and are what many expect as the norm. The problem with the question is that it was asked about…. “level 2 autonomous driving”. This is a separate system from what is expected as a modern set of expected features. The question should have been: What level of Advanced Driver Assistance System will ship with a base Aptera?
- MemberJune 14, 2022 at 5:36 pm
- MemberJune 27, 2022 at 6:08 am
Would a standard cruise control be included without this package?
- MemberJune 27, 2022 at 7:21 am
Yes, standard cruise control comes with the Aptera.
- MemberAugust 12, 2022 at 7:50 pm
Will the Gamma vehicle have safety pilot installed and willl we get a demonstration video? Also, do we need to order it to get cruise control?Will the Gamma vehicle have safety pilot installed and willl we get a demonstration video? Also, do we need to order it to get cruise control?
- MemberAugust 12, 2022 at 8:07 pm
No Safety Pilot for the Gamma, or for the first production vehicles, but IIRC Aptera has said that it should be available and distributed as an OTA update, indicating that the hardware will be there.
- MemberAugust 12, 2022 at 10:22 pm
Standard cruise control will come Standard with the production Aptere. Safety Pilot will come as an add on hardware/firmware option sometime after delivery.
- MemberAugust 24, 2022 at 3:18 pm
I sent that question into Aptera support. I am asking for AWD and the off-road upgrade.I want Safety Pilot as well to make my cross country drive a little easier and safer. I’m hoping that by the time they get to AWD, off-road Apterae Safety Pilot will be available as well.
- MemberSeptember 16, 2022 at 2:35 am
I hope Aptera won’t be like Tesla in this regard. Instead, as soon as “auto summon” seems like an unattainable goal (like Tesla’s “Full Self Driving” appears to be), just announce it was too much to develop in the short amount of time, apologize for the inconvenience it may have caused, and offer a slight refund … no shame in that.
I got that “Safety Pilot” primarily for adaptive cruise control, emergency breaking and lane keep. A bit weary about the facial recognition, but I’m sure the good old “tape on the camera” trick that works on laptops will work on this too. That other statement that “Aptera drives itself to your location with Level 2 autonomy capability” … that’s the tricky Tesla-esque one to watch out for.
- MemberSeptember 16, 2022 at 9:17 am
This is the current safetypilot description. (I don’t think it’s changed)
Travel is easy as Aptera drives itself to your location with Level 2 autonomy capability, which includes facial tracking, lane keep, adaptive cruise, and emergency braking.
Nothing in here about driving itself. Facial tracking is just to ensure your watching the road not to identify them; Putting tape on the camera would probably prevent most of the features from being engaged.
“Drives itself” in this context clearly doesn’t mean my beyond level 2. They list the features and all are easily attainable with different ADAS solutions. Open pilot (comma 3) seems to be the only many expect but other permissions partners exist. I suspect safetypilot will not be an option for day 1 deliveries but you will be able to have it retrofit in.
- MemberNovember 2, 2022 at 2:27 pm
Comma (or more accurately, OpenPilot) seems like a strong contender. After some research, it looks like it may do well enough for open highway driving but it pretty clearly lags well behind Tesla’s ADAS offerings.
- MemberJanuary 25, 2023 at 3:04 pm
The two main features that I believe the Launch Edition (LE) Aptera needed for road trips was DC fast charging (DCFC) and some form of adaptive cruise control (ACC). Aptera recently added DCFC to the LE, but I haven’t heard anything about ACC or other Safety Pilot features. Does anyone know if this will be available in the LE either at delivery or as a future add-on? This is a requirement for me to replace my current ICE vehicle for trips.