From A Manual Trader To An Algo Trader: Here’s Rishav’s Journey

Standard

No trader can say that he/she has never faced a loss in the markets. Trading is a little bit of both of these worlds. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. Who doesn’t have a bad day? Let’s face it. We all do!

Getting up and going at it is the way of life! You identify where you made a mistake, learn from it and then move on. What is important is how you nurture your skills, learn from your experiences and add to your knowledge of trading.

Today, Algorithmic Trading is often pursued by many from various fields – it is not necessary that one has to have an educational qualification for this, but with an understanding and knowledge of the market, you can make your move. There are common folk, traders, newbies, professionals, giants, etc. that compete in this humongous pool of algorithmic trading. Their stories and journeys often resemble those of ours.

Rishav Sinha began his journey to take the steps for entering the world of Algorithmic Trading and Quantitative Trading and 6 months later here’s what he has to say about it.

  • Hi, Rishav! Tell us about yourself.

Hi, my name is Rishav Kumar Sinha. I am pursuing my B.Com. degree from IGNOU (Indira Gandhi National Open University) as well as preparing for my Chartered Accountant exams. I like to read books, stock trading and more. My trading style is intraday and positional.

  • Have you had any previous experience with trading or with Algorithmic Trading?

Yeah, I’ve had experience with technical analysis and charts. Initially, I used to follow the news channels and also got my hands dirty by doing live trading. Initially, I lost some of my allocated capital but slowly started getting the hang of it. I started analysing the market and I’m still practising as a trader.

  • How was your experience trading by yourself on signals and tips?

It was the worst experience for me and I will never advise anyone to do so.

  • Since you are a student at the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and studying for CA, why did you want to learn Algorithmic trading?

While pursuing CA, this trading career enticed me. I saw that it seemed very easy to me that just with two clicks you can make money in the market ie. by buying and selling.

  • What encouraged you to become a part of the Algorithmic and Quantitative Trading domain?

Trading in the market is like a daily battle in which you need to have your weapons right. No matter how good the strategy may be, at some point in time, it fizzles out in one script and may work in the other. With this idea and backtesting techniques that which strategy works with which particular script, I got to know about algo trading that if I had a successful strategy I can trade it out in multiple stocks.

  • What motivated you to enroll for EPAT?

I hunted for many institutes that would teach me all about Algorithmic Trading. But, in India, I came across this institute where the study of algorithmic trading was taught in real terms.

  • How has your learning experience been during the duration of 6 months?

The EPAT curriculum was very comprehensive. A lot of efforts were given to analyse the quantitative part of the trading.

  • What features of EPAT have benefitted you the most?

The following features of EPAT, I’d say were the ones that have benefitted you the most:

1. Backtesting
2. Learning infrastructure
3. Proper platforms
4. Study material

  • How are you applying your knowledge of Algo Trading from EPAT in your life?

I’m still learning Algo Trading and for now, I’m just developing the basic strategies (pivot, moving averages).

  • Few words from you to all the aspiring Quants out there.

EPAT may be a 6 months course but the 6 months is just your beginning. Your studying and your efforts will keep on going until you get success in finding a trading system that will make your trading dreams come true. At last, just follow what the faculty at the institute guide you through and always keep your coding skills high.

 

Do you relate to Rishav’s story? Well, it is just enticing to learn how Rishav went on to redeem himself as an Algo Trader from being just a novice.

It takes courage to take the first step. And with the right guidance and support, you can have a success story of your own to tell. At EPAT, we have come across many such success stories that inspire. Help us to help you build your story. Enroll for EPAT here.

Disclaimer: In order to assist individuals who are considering pursuing a career in algorithmic and quantitative trading, this case study has been collated based on the personal experiences of a student or alumni from QuantInsti’s EPAT™ programme. Case studies are for illustrative purposes only and are not meant to be used for investment purposes. The results achieved post completion of the EPAT™ programme may not be uniform for all individuals.

The post From A Manual Trader To An Algo Trader: Here’s Rishav’s Journey appeared first on .

from http://bit.ly/2V3F8JI
via IFTTT

Avicii’s Family Launches Mental Illness And Suicide Prevention Foundation In His Honor

Standard
Avicii’s Family Launches Mental Illness and Suicide-Prevention Foundation in His Memory

Getty Image / Kevin Mazur / Contributor

Avicii passed away on April 20, 2018, in Muscat, Oman from an apparent suicide. Nearly one year after his tragic death, the family of dance music artist Tim Bergling are honoring the EDM DJ by launching a foundation to focus on suicide prevention and help people suffering with mental illness.

The Tim Bergling Foundation “will initially focus on supporting people and organizations working in the field of mental illness and suicide prevention.” The multiplatinum-selling artist and DJ was only 28-years-old when he committed suicide.

“Tim wanted to make a difference,” the statement concludes. “Starting a foundation in his name is our way to honor his memory and continue to act in his spirit.” The Tim Bergling Foundation will officially open on April 20, the same day as his death.

Bergling’s parents said the foundation will also raise awareness for climate change, nature conservation, and endangered species. In January, it was revealed that Avicii’s parents, Anki Liden and Klas Bergling would inherit the DJ’s fortune, which is believed to be approximately $25.5 million.

In 2016, Avicii retired from live performances due to lingering health problems he suffered from for years. “He wanted to find a balance in life to be happy and be able to do what he loved most — music,” Bergling’s family said. “He really struggled with thoughts about meaning, life, happiness. He could not go on any longer. He wanted to find peace. Tim was not made for the business machine he found himself in; he was a sensitive guy who loved his fans but shunned the spotlight.”

[HypeBeast]

from BroBible.com http://bit.ly/2HMa7Xp
via IFTTT

HOLD MY BEER: Synthetic Alcohol That Doesn’t Cause Hangovers Could Be Available In Five Years

Standard

iStockphoto

A World Without Hangovers. Isn’t that a John Lennon song? If not, it should be.

And David Nutt should sing backup vocals.

Nutt, a famed English neuropsychopharmacologist, plans to bring a safe synthetic alcohol substitute called Alcarelle to the general public. According to the Guardian, the award-winning scientist has been developing a super molecule called “alcosynth” that aims to provide the relaxing and socially lubricating qualities of alcohol without the burden of a next-day hangover and more importantly, alcohol-related health issues.

Nutt has long been a critic of the “toxic substance” known as alcohol and was even fired from his position as a government drugs adviser 10 years back for calling out the industry’s hypocrisy in dealing with drugs and alcohol. He once lost his job for claiming that horseback riding was more dangerous than taking ecstasy, while alcohol is more harmful to society than heroin or crack. He cited that horseback riding has one serious adverse event every 350 exposures while with ecstasy there is just one serious adverse event in every 10,000 exposures.

The origin of the Alcarelle story originated as far back as 1983, when Nutt was a PhD student and studying the effects of alcohol on the Gaba system. Alcohol’s main brain function is to stimulate the Gaba receptors, which in turn calms the brain by firing off fewer neurons. Nutt gave rats alcohol before giving them a chemical that blocks Gaba receptors, causing the rats to sober up. The study was too dangerous at the time to be brought to the masses because if a person accidentally took it when sober, it would cause seizures.

Fast forward over three decades and Nutt is determined to prove fellow scientists wrong who say the alcohol antidote is “too challenging” and “too crazy.”

Via The Guardian:

What Nutt now knows is that there are 15 different Gaba receptor subtypes in multiple brain regions, “and alcohol is very promiscuous. It will bind to them all.” Without giving away his trade secrets, he says he has found which Gaba and other receptors can be stimulated to induce tipsiness without adverse effects. “We know where in the brain alcohol has its ‘good’ effects and ‘bad’ effects, and what particular receptors mediate that – Gaba, glutamate and other ones, such as serotonin and dopamine. The effects of alcohol are complicated but … you can target the parts of the brain you want to target.”

Handily, you can modify the way in which a molecule binds to a receptor to produce different effects. You can design a peak effect into it, so no matter how much Alcarelle you consume, you won’t get hammered. This is well-established science; in fact Nutt says a number of medicines, such as the smoking cessation drug varenicline (marketed as Champix), use a similar shut-off effect. You can create other effects, too, while still avoiding inebriation, so you could choose between a party drink or a business-lunch beverage.

Nutt’s ambitious project is far more than a pipe dream. In November 2018, he and his business partner raised £20 million from investors to bring Alcarelle to market. His biggest hurdle, he claims, isn’t the science, but the regulatory hoops they’ll have to jump through to make the product available for public consumption.

The scientist and his team have a five-year plan. Since Alcarelle will likely be regulated as a food additive or an ingredient, they need to create a drink product that they are working with food scientists to develop. This will typically takes three years, but could take longer. Their aim is not to become a drinks company, but to supply companies in the drinks industry with the ingredient, so that they can make and market their own products (think how the tobacco industry has invested in vaping rather than tried to fight it.)

Until then, I’ll have a whiskey, straight.

[h/t The Guardian]

from BroBible.com http://bit.ly/2HVHeaF
via IFTTT

Proxy raises $13.6M to unlock anything with Bluetooth identity

Standard

You know how kings used to have trumpeters heralding their arrival wherever they went? Proxy wants to do that with Bluetooth. The startup lets you instantly unlock office doors and reserve meeting rooms using Bluetooth Low Energy signal. You never even have to pull out your phone or open an app. But Proxy is gearing up to build an entire Bluetooth identity layer for the world that could invisibly hover around its users. That could allow devices around the workplace and beyond to instantly recognize your credentials and preferences to sign you into teleconferences, pay for public transit or ask the barista for your usual.

Today, Proxy emerges from stealth after piloting its keyless, badgeless office entry tech with 50 companies. It’s raised a $13.6 million Series A round led by Kleiner Perkins to turn your phone into your skeleton key. “The door is a forcing function to solve all the hard problems — everything from safety to reliability to the experience to privacy,” says Proxy co-founder and CEO Denis Mars. “If you’re gonna do this, it’s gonna have to work right, and especially if you’re going to do this in the workplace with enterprises where there’s no room to fix it.”

But rather than creepily trying to capitalize on your data, Proxy believes you should own and control it. Each interaction is powered by an encrypted one-time token so you’re not just beaming your unprotected information out into the universe. “I’ve been really worried about how the internet world spills over to the physical world. Cookies are everywhere with no control. What’s the future going to be like? Are we going to be tracked everywhere or is there a better way?” He figured the best path to the destiny he wanted was to build it himself.

Mars and his co-founder Simon Ratner, both Australian, have been best buddies for 10 years. Ratner co-founded a video annotation startup called Omnisio that was acquired by YouTube, while Mars co-founded teleconferencing company Bitplay, which was bought by Jive Software. Ratner ended up joining Jive where the pair began plotting a new startup. “We asked ourselves what we wanted to do with the next 10 or 20 years of our lives. We both had kids and it changed our perspective. What’s meaningful that’s worth working on for a long time?”

They decided to fix a real problem while also addressing their privacy concerns. As he experimented with Internet of Things devices, Mars found every fridge and light bulb wanted you to download an app, set up a profile, enter your password and then hit a button to make something happen. He became convinced this couldn’t scale and we’d need a hands-free way to tell computers who we are. The idea for Proxy emerged. Mars wanted to know, “Can we create this universal signal that anything can pick up?”

Most offices already have infrastructure for badge-based RFID entry. The problem is that employees often forget their badges, waste time fumbling to scan them and don’t get additional value from the system elsewhere.

So rather than re-invent the wheel, Proxy integrates with existing access control systems at offices. It just replaces your cards with an app authorized to constantly emit a Bluetooth Low Energy signal with an encrypted identifier of your identity. The signal is picked up by readers that fit onto the existing fixtures. Employees can then just walk up to a door with their phone within about six feet of the sensor and the door pops open. Meanwhile, their bosses can define who can go where using the same software as before, but the user still owns their credentials.

“Data is valuable, but how does the end user benefit? How do we change all that value being stuck with these big tech companies and instead give it to the user?” Mars asks. “We need to make privacy a thing that’s not exploited.”

Mars believes now’s the time for Proxy because phone battery life is finally getting good enough that people aren’t constantly worried about running out of juice. Proxy’s Bluetooth Low Energy signal doesn’t suck up much, and geofencing can wake up the app in case it shuts down while on a long stint away from the office. Proxy has even considered putting inductive charging into its sensors so you could top up until your phone turns back on and you can unlock the door.

Opening office doors isn’t super exciting, though. What comes next is. Proxy is polishing its features that auto-reserve conference rooms when you walk inside, that sign you into your teleconferencing system when you approach the screen and that personalize workstations when you arrive. It’s also working on better office guest check-in to eliminate the annoying iPad sign-in process in the lobby. Next, Mars is eyeing “Your car, your home, all your devices. All these things are going to ask ‘can I sense you and do something useful for you?’ ”

After demoing at Y Combinator, thousands of companies reached out to Proxy, from hotel chains to corporate conglomerates to theme parks. Proxy charges for its hardware, plus a monthly subscription fee per reader. Employees are eager to ditch their keycards, so Proxy sees 90 percent adoption across all its deployments. Customers only churn if something breaks, and it hasn’t lost a customer in two years, Mars claims.

The status quo of keycards, competitors like Openpath and long-standing incumbents all typically only handle doors, while Proxy wants to build an omni-device identity system. Now Proxy has the cash to challenge them, thanks to the $13.6 million from Kleiner, Y Combinator, Coatue Management and strategic investor WeWork. In fact, Proxy now counts WeWork’s headquarters and Dropbox as clients. “With Proxywe can give our employees, contractors and visitors a seamless smartphone-enabled access experience they love, while actually bolstering security,” says Christopher Bauer, Dropbox’s physical security systems architect.

The cash will help answer the question of “How do we turn this into a protocol so we don’t have to build the other side for everyone?,” Mars explains. Proxy will build out SDKs that can be integrated into any device, like a smoke detector that could recognize which people are in the vicinity and report that to first responders. Mars thinks hotel rooms that learn your climate, wake-up call and housekeeping preferences would be a no-brainer. Amazon Go-style autonomous retail could also benefit from the tech.

When asked what keeps him up at night, Mars concludes that “the biggest thing that scares me is that this requires us to be the most trustworthy company on the planet. There is no ‘move fast, break things’ here. It’s ‘move fast, do it right, don’t screw it up.’ “

from TechCrunch https://tcrn.ch/2HXbFNN
via IFTTT

Ocean drone startup merger spawns Sofar, the DJI of the sea

Standard

What lies beneath the murky depths? SolarCity co-founder Peter Rive wants to help you and the scientific community find out. He’s just led a $7 million Series A for Sofar Ocean Technologies, a new startup formed from a merger he orchestrated between underwater drone maker OpenROV and sea sensor developer Spoondrift. Together, they’re teaming up their 1080p Trident drone and solar-powered Spotter sensor to let you collect data above and below the surface. They can help you shoot awesome video footage, track waves and weather, spot fishing and diving spots, inspect boats or infrastructure for damage, monitor acquaculture sites or catch smugglers.

Sofar’s Trident drone (left) and Spotter sensor (right)

“Aerial drones give us a different perspective of something we know pretty well. Ocean drones give us a view at something we don’t really know at all,” former Spoondrift and now Sofar CEO Tim Janssen tells me. “The Trident drone was created for field usage by scientists and is now usable by anyone. This is pushing the barrier towards the unknown.”

But while Rive has a soft spot for the ecological potential of DIY ocean exploration, the sea is crowded with competing drones. There are more expensive professional research-focused devices like the Saildrone, DeepTrekker and SeaOtter-2, as well as plenty of consumer-level devices like the $800 Robosea Biki, $1,000 Fathom ONE and $5,000 iBubble. The $1,700 Sofar Trident, which requires a cord to a surface buoy to power its three hours of dive time and two meters per second speed, sits in the middle of the pack, but Sofar co-founder David Lang things Trident can win with simplicity, robustness and durability. The question is whether Sofar can become the DJI of the water, leading the space, or if it will become just another commoditized hardware maker drowning in knock-offs.

From left: Peter Rive (chairman of Sofar), David Lang (co-founder of OpenROV) and Tim Janssen (co-founder and CEO of Sofar)

Spoondrift launched in 2016 and raised $350,000 to build affordable ocean sensors that can produce climate-tracking data. “These buoys (Spotters) are surprisingly easy to deploy, very light and easy to handle, and can be lowered in the water by hand using a line. As a result, you can deploy them in almost any kind of conditions,” says Dr. Aitana Forcén-Vázquez of MetOcean Solutions.

OpenROV (it stands for Remotely Operated Vehicle) started seven years ago and raised $1.3 million in funding from True Ventures and National Geographic, which was also one of its biggest Trident buyers. “Everyone who has a boat should have an underwater drone for hull inspection. Any dock should have its own weather station with wind and weather sensors,” Sofar’s new chairman Rive declares.

Spotter could unlock data about the ocean at scale

Sofar will need to scale to accomplish Rive’s mission to get enough sensors in the sea to give us more data on the progress of climate change and other ecological issues. “We know very little about our oceans since we have so little data, because putting systems in the ocean is extremely expensive. It can cost millions for sensors and for boats,” he tells me. We gave everyone GPS sensors and cameras and got better maps. The ability to put low-cost sensors on citizens’ rooftops unlocked tons of weather forecasting data. That’s more feasible with Spotter, which costs $4,900 compared to $100,000 for some sea sensors.

Sofar hardware owners do not have to share data back to the startup, but Rive says many customers are eager to. They’ve requested better data portability so they can share with fellow researchers. The startup believes it can find ways to monetize that data in the future, which is partly what attracted the funding from Rive and fellow investors True Ventures and David Sacks’ Craft Ventures. The funding will build up that data business and also help Sofar develop safeguards to make sure its Trident drones don’t go where they shouldn’t. That’s obviously important, given London’s Gatwick airport shutdown due to a trespassing drone.

Spotter can relay weather conditions and other climate data to your phone

“The ultimate mission of the company is to connect humanity to the ocean as we’re mostly conservationists at heart,” Rive concludes. “As more commercialization and business opportunities arise, we’ll have to have conversations about whether those are directly benefiting the ocean. It will be important to have our moral compass facing in the right direction to protect the earth.”

from TechCrunch https://tcrn.ch/2Otl5BV
via IFTTT

Research Finds Female Viagra Safe With Alcohol, So Let’s Party!

Standard
Female Viagra

iStockphoto

One of the most significant challenges a guy experiences while in a committed, long term relationship is that, even with the prospect of regular sex being there for the taking, it can sometimes be harder for him to get laid than when he was single. Sure, the first few months of any romance is akin to being on the set of a hardcore skin flick. This is what we like to refer to as the “wet period” — the time when a couple, bound by the laws of attraction and nature’s relentless determination to populate the Earth, typically only put on pants when it comes time to pay the pizza delivery driver. Other than that, the scene is a non-stop belly-grinding hump fest that, by all accounts, should probably be documented and released as a “Fucking For Dummies” instructional video series for those digital derelicts of the Artificial Intelligence generation.

Somewhere around month six or seven, however, something tragic happens: In spite of much protest by the man of the house, couples start spending less time in the bedroom. Yep, he who had been feasting from the proverbial boom-boom buffet, sometimes two and three times daily, is all of a sudden put on a devastating new rump regimen. Now, his girl is only giving it up three times a week, then two…and, well, pretty soon he’s lucky if Mr. Bojangles gets to go out for tacos once a month.

The downfall continues.

It’s not long before that blue-balled bastard is walking around on a full-blown hunger strike, which has him so goddamned desperate to get his jollies jiggled that he actually starts begging his old lady for it. Can you imagine? Please, please, please! Of course, you can! We’ve all been there. But here’s the thing: She’s…not…fucking having it. This dry spell creates a tense situation, one that inspires the guy to bring home a bottle of cheap tequila one night, hoping that a few swings of the old bracer might get his little love muffin loosened up enough to give her a Sealy Posturepedic tattoo.

His plan works to some degree, but after a while, he starts to worry that he might be turning her into a violent lush. We all know damn well that the only thing worse than sleeping with a cold fish is trying to talk one down from the drunken psychodrama that has a tendency to rear its ugly head once hard alcohol takes control of the brain. It’s a delicate balancing act and its one that no man since the dawn of time has been able to handle without driving it clear over the fucking edge.

So what to do?

Well, it is first important to understand that some women lose interest in sex for obvious reasons. Just take a hard look at a man au naturel (use a mirror or ask politely) and you’ll quickly see that it is a goddamned miracle that any of us get laid from time to time. We are disgusting, burping, farting creatures, but, believe it or not, this is not what keeps the one-eyed walrus from taking the occasional dip in the pool. Some of problem could actually stem a legitimate medical condition that affects females known as Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder (HSDD).

This chemical imbalance in the brain has been known to zap a woman’s carnal cravings and drop her libido down to where the chances of her wanting to get down and dirty are somewhere between never and “Hey, dude, go fuck yourself.” It’s a relatively common affliction that is said to affect 1 in 10 women, according to the American Sexual Health Association.

In short, some men aren’t frequent fliers on the roller coaster of love because their girl’s brain chemistry is out of whack and she needs some help getting over the – ahem — hump.

Enter female Viagra (Addyi), the pill that back when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration first put its stamp of approval on it back in 2015 gave every man hope that the world was on the verge of becoming a whirling wad of unstoppable sleaze. Upon its release, grown men were rumored to have gathered in front of the headquarters of the drug’s manufacturer, Sprout Pharmaceuticals, to singe high praises to the scientific minds who set out to Make Women Horny Again.

Hallepoonjah!

Female Viagra

iStockphoto

There was only one problem with this modern-day Spanish Fly – it was said to have life-threatening adverse reactions (low blood pressure and fainting) when mixed with alcohol and other drugs. These side effects, of course, were a deterrent for most women because it meant they couldn’t really hang out in bars and other liquor-driven hot spots where steamy love connections are often made. And sober sex, gawd no, the threat of sudden death would have been better received.

But it seems the uprising of the American nympho could be ready to erupt and turn 2019 into one hell of a good year.

Scientists have confirmed that mixing female Viagra with booze no longer presents any severe health risks. A number of studies conducted since the drug was put on the market have shown that women can consume Addyi while also using alcohol and not end up on a gurney down at the local morgue.

“The additional insights provided by these three new studies are invaluable for a more comprehensive understanding of Addyi for safe use,” said Cindy Eckert, founder and CEO of Sprout Pharmaceuticals. “This additional data contextualizes and further clarifies the relationship between Addyi and alcohol.”

There are still some unanswered questions. Researchers admit that more studies are needed before they can guarantee the drug’s safety when combined with other substances. So, it will probably take them a minute to convince the FDA to eliminate some of the more frightening portions from the warning label. Still this is something that Sprout will likely focus on in the near future.

So what do the results of the latest research really show?

Basically, if the women using Addyi to get those juices flowing can skip the booze entirely, that might be for the best. But the worst possible scenario if they don’t is the combination of the two substances could cloud their judgment, perhaps even more than alcohol is known to do on its own.

That’s all right by us. The thought of the summer season being full of rampaging, drunk girls chemically designed to make questionable choices and even go nasty beneath their pay grade is perhaps the best news we’ve heard in a while. At least it was until we saw that women who take Addyi are, on average, likely to only have 0.5 more “satisfying sexual encounters” per month.

Oh, well, fuck it — that’s still better odds than last year.

*****

Mike Adams is a freelance writer for High Times, Cannabis Now, and Forbes. You can follow him on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

More From Mike:

Athletic Women Are More Likely To Bang You, Says Study That We 100% Believe

Could LSD And Psilocybin Help U.S. Soldiers In Combat?

Humans Are Now At Risk Of Contracting Bat Flu As If The Zombie Deer Virus Wasn’t Bad Enough

from BroBible.com http://bit.ly/2Wr321P
via IFTTT

Researchers find 36 security flaws in LTE

Standard

Security experts aren’t done poking holes in LTE’s armor — not by a long shot. South Korean researchers have found 36 vulnerabilities in LTE that enable a range of attacks, some more sinister than others. They include temporary inconveniences like disconnecting someone from the cell network through to eavesdropping and controlling the data itself. The team found the abundance of exploits by using a custom "fuzzing" (feeding large chunks of random data to look for irregularities) tool.

On top of this, the problem is rarely consistent. One carrier can have different vulnerabilities on two pieces of networking equipment, while one piece of network gear can have create headaches on two separate carriers.

The research team plans to officially present its findings at a conference in May, and they’re sharing their tool with carriers and device makers (but not the public, for obvious reasons) to help them spot vulnerabilities and develop fixes. These flaws won’t necessarily be exploitable as a result. Even so, they serve as a reminder that even the wireless standards you take for granted aren’t airtight.

Via: ITPro

Source: KAIST (PDF)

from Engadget https://engt.co/2HHMHm4
via IFTTT

Watch Tesla Autopilot stopping at red light on its own for first time [Warning: not available yet]

Standard

Tesla is currently making some interesting moves to slowly transition its Autopilot system from a driver assist system for highway driving to an autonomous driving system that can handle intersections and city driving.

We are now even seeing Tesla Autopilot stop at red lights on its own for the first time.

First off, let me start by making it clear that this is not something that is currently available in a public version of Tesla’s Autopilot software. Therefore, please do not try it on the road and you should always stay vigilant when using Autopilot.

Tesla hacker verygreen, who has been known to bring us some impressive visualization of what Tesla Autopilot can see, found a new Autopilot feature dormant in Tesla’s 2019.8.3 software update that not only detects traffic lights but also enables Autopilot to act on those traffic lights.

With his root access to his Tesla, the hacker was able to activate the feature and test it himself. He produced this video

Verygreen told Electrek that the feature, which again is currently dormant in the software, is an impressive “leap” for Autopilot, but it is also not stable:

“It is not super stable and AP temperature notably increases when enabled (hw2.0/2.5) and by not super stable – I mean it is happy to see red as green and run a red light. Also if it cannot tell it’s green it slows down to make sure it can stop in time which is kind of cool, but annoying for everybody who clearly sees green I am sure.”

While Tesla is clearly not ready to release this feature to the public, the company has started leveraging its autonomous traffic light detection to release other features.

As we previously reported, Tesla recently started adding red light warnings to let drivers know if they might run a red light.

Those moves are small steps toward being able to navigate intersections – eventually leading to a full self-driving system.

from Electrek http://bit.ly/2JMt51Z
via IFTTT