Elon Musk has announced that the Autopilot in the Model S will be limited so as to avoid abuse by drivers.
The Autopilot feature by Tesla was introduced for convenience. But it seems some Model S drivers are abusing the autonomous feature. It has come to Tesla’s attention some drivers are using the Autopilot feature to carry out goofy stunts.
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Some drivers have been using the autonomous feature while speeding the Model S. And some drivers are even using the feature while sitting in the back seat. Sitting in the back was forbidden by Tesla initially. Tesla obviously is not happy with the situation.
So it’s no surprise Tesla has decided to limit the Autopilot feature. Elon Musk recently gave a press conference and announced the changes. According to Musk the Autopilot feature will get ‘additional constraints’.
The constraints will be added so owners of Model S cannot abuse the Autopilot feature. Elon Musk did not reveal any further details about the constraints. It still remains to be seen what and when the restraints will come about.
Some believe the constraints entail speed limits and driver seat occupancy checks. The limitation on autopilot does not mean the feature has been a failure. Elon Musk called the autopilot a resounding success in the same press conference.
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The Autopilot-equipped Model S has been packing about a million miles of robotic driving every day. Musk claimed the Autopilot has been successful in avoiding many accidents and has not even triggered a single one. Although the autopilot has come close to causing a few accidents, it is still in the beta version.