Today, we take a look at Tesla Full Self-Driving Beta trying to handle a full 30-minute trip in a realistic environment.
Earlier this week, Tesla started to release its first Full Self-Driving Beta software update to a limited group of owners to test the feature.
Tesla owner James Locke received the Tesla FSD early access update and released a video demonstrating the capacity on a normal commute:
“We simulated a normal commute for my wife from JPL in Pasadena, CA back to Santa Clarita superchargers. Used city streets to highways with interchanges and back to city streets and into the supercharger parking lot.”
Here’s the Tesla FSD beta demonstration video in full:
Here are a few thoughts on the demonstration.
Obviously, the bulk of the video is highway driving, but again, the goal is to replicate an average commute, which is generally about 70% highway and 30% city driving.
You can skip the middle of the video if you only want to see the FSD footage, but the Autopilot rewrite is believed to also be affecting other Autopilot features.
For example, I really like the acceleration on the on-ramp, which is not as smooth as the current version of Navigate On Autopilot.
When Tesla FSD beta exited the highway, it could have waited longer to move the right lane, but that is something that is already present in the current Navigate On Autopilot.
At 27-min, you can see the transition from the highway navigation to the FSD Beta on streets with intersections.
The transition is impressively smooth. You can see Tesla FSD beta smoothly take the off-ramp, move to the the right lane, take a right turn on the right lane.
The lane changes on FSD beta look pretty good, but there seem to be a significant delay between deciding to initiate the lane change and actually doing it.
At 28-min, the Tesla moved to the far left lane to take a turn and moved two lanes without activating the turn signal.
Those lanes were turn lanes, but I would have normally still activated the turn signal when moving into them.
That’s probably an easy fix anyway. The impressive thing is how it did the long turn without lane markings after that. It looked as smooth as it gets.
At 31:30, James plays around with the driving visualization and we can see the full extent of what Tesla’s FSD beta is able to see.
After the light turn green, the car needed to soon move to the right in order to make a turn and James initated a lane change to get it the right way.
I agree that the FSD should have moved to the right sooner, but it’s possible that it would eventually have done it itself closer to the turn.
We can see Tesla FSD beta also moving a little too aggressively to a speed bump.
The end of the video is not FSD’s best showing, but the overall performance on the commute is impressive.
SIG Custom Works Introduces the Limited Edition Nightmare Pistols Series
Luke Cuenco 10.22.20
SIG Sauer has just given a fresh look to some of their classic P-series of alloy framed pistols. SIG calls this treatment the Nightmare and throws in the tagline of “Darkness brings out the best,” to get the idea across this Custom Works special. The package that comes with each of the pistols adds a little bit of extra value and is somewhat similar to its “tacpac” bundle in that it includes 3 magazines. The full press release is below:
SIG Custom Works Introduces the Limited Edition Nightmare Pistols Series
NTRODUCING THE LIMITED EDITION NIGHTMARE SERIES PRESENTED BY SIG CUSTOM WORKSThe team at SIG Custom Works has reimagined three of the most iconic SIG pistols giving them the infamous blacked out Nightmare treatment. The new Nightmare Series features a blacked out Custom Works engraved slide and blacked out frame with nickel plated contrasting controls giving them the distinct Nightmare look. The SIG SAUER Nightmare Series are also the first SIG pistols to be fitted with a Hogue Classic Contour SL G-10 Grip.The Custom Works Nightmare Series comes packaged in a premium Custom Works Negrini pistol case complete with a SIG Custom Works challenge coin and a certified custom certificate.The new limited edition Nightmare Series from SIG Custom Works.
The treatment will be applied to the P220, P226 and P229 pistol models. The customization features a black hard coat anodized allow frame, stainless steel slide with a black nitride finish, and a carbon steel barrel.
Past iterations of SIG’s nightmare treatment have done fairly well so its no surprise that they’re taking some of their classic pistols like the P226 and giving them an updated look. Phil Strader who is the SIG Sauer Product Manager released a video below where he goes over the features and the benefits of the new Series from SIG Custom Works. As of writing there is currently no MSRP available and ordering information seems to be limited to ordering through a dealer.
What is the Best All-Around Cartridge for Big Game?
Derrek Sigler 10.06.20
It seems like forever ago that I was working my way through college by helping out around a local gun shop. It was at least once a week that someone would come in and start asking questions that would all orbit the same topic – If you only had one rifle to hunt big game across North America, and beyond, what caliber would you go with? We talked about the best new cartridges a few weeks ago. Now, the thought of only having one rifle leaves a foul taste in my mouth and is just too painful to comprehend, but for the sake of argument and discussion, let’s take a look at a few options for the best all-around cartridge for big game. Let’s set a few parameters, though.
As much as it pains some of you, we’re not talking about shot placement. Yeah, I know. I have a new Meopta Optika6 scope sitting on my desk looking at me like, “Whatta mean we’re not talking shot placement?” But in the heat of the moment, not everyone is going to be as good of a shot as they can be. It could be a massive buck walking out at 200 yards, or a monster bull moose bearing down on you at 50 yards in the Alaskan bush, nerves can get the best of you. This is simply a discussion of the combination of bullet and powder that combine to effectively take any big game animal you might encounter. Keep your comments civil, but feel free to chime in with your own suggestions. That’s the fun of these sorts of topics, isn’t it?
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Might as well start with the champ, right? The 30.06 is probably the most popular big game cartridge going. With the right bullet, the “Ought-Six” can take down just about anything that walks through the woods. An older gun-writer buddy of mine likes to say about the 30.06 that it’s like a hammer. “When you need to put a nail in a board, you don’t need a fancy, new gadget. You just grab a hammer and get it done.” One of the biggest benefits to the .06 is the staggering amount of options for ammunition available for it. This means you have bullet choices you may not get with other cartridges. It makes the 30.06 extremely versatile.
One of my favorite bullets for the 30.06 is the Barnes TSX in 165-grain. These copper bullets retain nearly 100% of the weight and expand evenly. Loaded in Federal Premium cartridges, it is a deadly combination. One of the cool things with the .06 is the availability of ammo across a wide range of costs. When I was in college, I appreciated that I could buy cheaper ammo for my .06 and be able to afford to shoot as much as I wanted to. Is the 30.06 ideal for bigger game, like moose or grizzly bears? It wouldn’t be my first choice, but it could handle it.
The .308 has been around for a long time and it does a great job. Being a short-action cartridge, you can get some great, compact rifles that are perfect truck guns. I just grabbed a Mossberg Patriot .308 and topped it with a Styrka S5 3-9×40 SF scope. You wanna talk about a handy and affordable rifle… The .308 has a lot in common with the 30.06. The bullets are the same, only the cartridge is different. Performance-wise, there’s not much difference at all. That difference can be erased by the right cartridge, too. I’ve got some Hornady 165-grain SST Superformance that makes my new rifle pretty sweet when it comes to deer and other game. I wouldn’t hesitate to use it on elk, mule deer and more. Like the 30.06, it’d work on bears and moose in a pinch, but there’s other options I’d go with.
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Winchester released the commercial .308 Win in 1952 and it has science gone on to be the most popular short-action, big game cartridge in the world. It came about during a time of experimentation within the U.S. Military system, in an effort to replace the 30.06. Testing had shown that newer powders and propellants could produce similar ballistics to the .06 in a shorter cartridge. Two years after the release of the Winchester cartridge, the 7.62×51 NATO was adopted into selected service.
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I’ve talked before about my love for the 7mag. Remington Arms debuted this cartridge to unveil the Model 700 rifle and since then, the 7mag has gone on to be chambered by most rifle manufacturers. The 7mag is pretty versatile in that you can go heavier on the bullet selection and use it for elk, moose and more. If you haven’t seen the social-media post about the guy who took down a massive kodiak brown bear with one, you should look for it. Not what I would consider fun or advisable, but it apparently did the job. Lighter bullet weights make the 7mag suitable for whitetails and pronghorn. I even know one prominent gun writer who has one specifically set up for long-range prairie dogs. Watching him shoot them from extreme distances is something very cool to witness.
Another cartridge that has proven to be great on big game is the .270 Winchester. Released by the company in 1925 as a cartridge for the Model 54 bolt-action rifle, the .270 is longer and reasonable faster than the 30.06. If you’re a gun guy, and you’ve read any Jack O’Connor, then you probably already have a .270. If not, you’re missing out. The .270 works best with low-drag bullets and can reasonably handle most big game in North America with, you guessed it, the right bullet choice. What it lacks to the 30-caliber cartridges in bullet weight and mass, it makes up with speed and trajectory. The .270 is one of those cartridges that has had ups and downs with it’s popularity. Some of the newer bullet designs and the loads that come along with them, have made the .270 a little more popular as of late.
If you’ve never shot a .375, you should. Growing up, I held the cartridge in a certain awe, simply because I was certain shooting one would rip my arm off. I couldn’t have been more wrong. In fact, they are quite fun to shoot and extremely versatile. Here’s what makes the .375 so interesting. It shoots relatively the same across multiple bullet weights. Meaning you can switch to a heavier or lighter bullet and not have to adjust as much. That’s a big plus when ammo availability is an issue. For most dangerous big game, the .375 is considered the minimum one should consider. I have family that carry one whenever they go afield in Alaska, even after blacktail deer. When I asked about it being too much gun, my cousin replied that on deer, the bullet doesn’t have much time to expand, so the resulting wound channels are similar to using an .06. But should the region’s bigger, toothier inhabitants decide to show up, well, you get the idea.
The .375 came about in 1912 from the famed Holland & Holland gunmaker in London, England. It is a belted magnum cartridge and bullets generally range from 200-350 grains. My cousin carries a stainless pre-64 action Winchester Model 70 with iron sights and a Leupold VX5 1-5×24 scope mounted with quick-release rings. I’ve shot the rifle and can attest to it’s quick handling, superb accuracy and mild recoil. I keep asking my wife for one when she asks what I want for Christmas, but I’ve yet to get one. Of course, she hasn’t gotten the diamond earrings she keeps asking for either. Maybe this year…
Article from Alloutdoor.com
Hiker films terrifying 6-minute cougar chase: ‘Thought I was done for’
A nail-biting video shows a hiker being followed by a cougar for nearly six minutes on a trail in Utah.
“I thought I was done for,” Kyle Burgess wrote in an Instagram post about his encounter on Saturday in Slate Canyon, near Provo.
The seasoned hiker said he’d come across cougar cubs while on a trail run, and “their mother was not happy to see me.”
In the expletive-laden footage, Burgess is heard yelling and roaring in an effort to signal the cat to back off. He backs away along the track as the cat follows, charging toward him several times with teeth and claws bared.
“Go away! Go get your babies,” Burgess is heard shouting at one point.
After six minutes of pursuit, the animal finally runs back in the direction it came from.
In an interview with NBC News, Burgess said, “I definitely thought I was going to get hurt.”
“My adrenalin was pumping so much,” he said.
Watch the encounter below.
- This article originally appeared on HuffPost
- David Bolden: Looks like the rock did it but if it happens to you bend your knees to get the rock and keep you head up so not to lose it. I’d get more than just one also lol