Tesla To Put More Limits on Its Autopilot Feature To Prevent Crazy Stunts
Tesla motors is making cars safer, greener, and more easily drivable, and one of the implementations of this idea was the Autopilot feature introduced to the Model S.
The semi-autonomous mode gives the larger part of the driving task to the car’s AI, but some drivers have abused this feature for goof offs, using it while speeding, or even while sitting in the back seat.
Tesla is understandably unhappy with these stuntmen who want to succumb to natural selection, which is why the company is getting ready to limit the Autopilot with additional constraints.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk revealed this plan recently, though it’s currently unclear what kind of features they’ll be incorporating or when we’ll get to see them. The reasonable guess would likely point to speed limits and occupancy checking.
Overall, Elon Musk has stressed that despite a low number of drivers abusing the Autopilot, it still remains largely a success. According to him, Autopilot-equipped vehicles are racking up almost a million miles of robotic driving per day, and results are ‘very positive.’ The feature is said to have reportedly avoided many accidents, and currently there is no know instance of where it triggered an accident.
Of course, it’s a beta test feature, so it does have its flaws and rough edges, but Tesla is acknowledging them and acting quickly.