Tesla is releasing the new software update with Autopilot today. The autopilot feature got already tested on video in New York's traffic.
Today Tesla Model S and Model X owners get treated to the new Autopilot feature coming in the Tesla Version 7 update. Jalopnik's Michael Ballaban has already tested the Autopilot feature. He dared to test it in New York and not on a lonely Highway in the middle of nowhere. The video of the Autopilot test drive shows a mix of emotions ranging from fear to amazement.
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The Tesla Autopilot is not fully taking over driving, but it can use its sensors to keep driving in the flow of the traffic without driver intervention. It also can change the lane by itself, once the driver tells the car to do so.
The Tesla Autopilot shows in the dashboard what it sees, giving the driver a visual feedback on what the car thinks is going on.
After watching the video it is clear that autopilot in New York is just too stressful. Just watch Ballaban's reactions in the video below. He also said in the end of his review "We love driving. We don’t love sitting in traffic, chewing on our nails and letting ourselves go nuts with the tedium. We don’t love worrying that we’re going to pass out from boredom and smack into someone else’s Toyota."
The Tesla Autopilot in its first version is for sure great in Highway traffic. The feature is improving over time said Elon Musk, learning from the data of all Tesla cars on the road. A next version will also be able to park the car on its own in a garage.
The Tesla cars are the hottest electric cars on the market. Autopilot is though not one of the most important selling points.
The Tesla Version 7.0 release leverages a forward radar, a forward-looking camera, 12 long-range ultrasonic sensors positioned to sense 16 feet around the car in every direction at all speeds, and a high-precision digitally-controlled electric assist braking system.
This combined suite of features represents the only fully integrated autopilot system involving four different feedback modules: camera, radar, ultrasonics, and GPS. These mutually reinforcing systems offer realtime data feedback from the Tesla fleet, ensuring that the system is continually learning and improving upon itself. Autopilot allows Model S to steer within a lane, change lanes with the simple tap of a turn signal, and manage speed by using active, traffic-aware cruise control. Digital control of motors, brakes, and steering helps avoid collisions from the front and sides, as well as preventing the car from wandering off the road. Your car can also scan for a parking space, alert you when one is available, and parallel park on command.
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Tesla wants drivers to think about Autopilot to that airplane pilots use when conditions are clear. The driver is still responsible for, and ultimately in control of, the car.