It clearly looks like Tesla is taking the global automotive industry into another era. Here on Naijauto, we simply can’t wait to get into the future with Tesla. We wouldn’t have been surprised judging from the “out of the world” pedigree of Tesla in terms of design, driving technology and performance. But the latest safety technology by this carmaker is really putting us on a different pedestal as far as innovation in vehicle production is concerned.
It was last year November that this innovation was birthed by Tesla. The autopilot option will be effective when you activate it in the settings menu. There are four options there such as Mild, Average, Mad Max and the Disabled option. This system will go into action after you have input the direction to your destination. Through the Tesla’s mapping data, the center display of the car will flash a single blue line to thread along with. The system will automatically offer a recommended lane change, which the driver could confirm by engaging the turn signal. The vehicle on its own is capable of knowing whether the next available lane is safe or not.
Despite the total control of choosing the lane by the system, Tesla still respects human presence
The introduction of the navigation system in calculating lane changes will be a necessary move to ensure seamless on-ramp to off-ramp freeway driving. When we are talking about autonomous car, this system is indeed a step in the right direction.
However, it still relies heavily on the approval of the driver behind the wheel to approve any lane change before the car system could move over to the next lane on its own. That semi-autonomous command is about to change soon with the new over-the-air update roll-out. The system present in the car will now independently take course of action on its own without any form of approval.
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According to report from Tesla, the Autopilot Navigational system has been exposed to series of test, especially through the 66 million miles of consumer driving and has recommended and implemented more than 9 million lane changes. Putting that track record in mind, Tesla is starting to activate the mode where the car owners will allow the system to take charge of lane change without any form of input from the driver. Once you are on the freeway and the destination is set on the navigation system, the technology will take course by default.
However, to avoid any system error or miscalculation, the system allows the drive to take a safety look through over-the-shoulder glance to check for any spot the system might have missed. This means the driver can cancel the action through the turn signal stalk or cancellation pop up notification on the touchscreen.
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Tesla is also very careful of the way it describes the latest software. The company is being cautious of the way it skirt around the issue of total autonomy. This implies the system will still need your hands on the wheel to effectively function.
This feature does not make a car autonomous, and lane changes will only be made when a driver’s hands are detected on the wheel. As has always been the case, until truly driverless cars are validated and approved by regulators, drivers are responsible for and must remain in control of their car at all times.
When you use this system properly, there are lots of benefits accrued in it. However, it is possible that some people who have little or no grasp of the system will have more reason to ignore any pop up from the touch screen and lazily try to deceive the system by attaching something to the steering wheel. The technology might be fantastic but never take your eyes or hands off the wheel if you acquire one for yourself.
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