Tesla's Autopilot to get 'full self-driving feature'
Tesla's Autopilot to get 'full self-driving feature'
Musk tells fans 'full self driving' Teslas are near, as investigators dig into Autopilot accidents
12 June, 2018, 08:30
Consumer groups argue Tesla's marketing - and even the name "Autopilot", which calls to mind a free-flying jet - contributes to a risky misunderstanding for drivers, suggesting they can take their hands off the steering wheel. Tesla's "misleading" marketing, he said, has had the risky effect of "providing overconfidence and building you up to thinking it's safer than it actually is".
"That issue is better in latest Autopilot software rolling out now & fully fixed in August update as part of our long-awaited Tesla Version 9".
The upgrade comes amid a storm of bad publicity for Tesla in recent months, after numerous crashes were linked to drivers using the Autopilot feature. He said the current version of Autopilot was most focused on safety, while the August update would introduce more autonomy.
Currently, a Tesla in Autopilot mode can perform some self-driving functions such as parking and identification of highway lanes to improve the safety of changing lanes on the road. Musk has previously claimed the Roadster will be able to hit 60 miles per hour from rest in 1.9 seconds and reach a top speed of over 250 miles per hour in its standard configuration.
In its current iteration, Tesla's Autopilot feature can keep a auto in its lane and adjust its speed based on surrounding traffic, among other features. "And, as pointed out by NTSB, it still failed to prevent (Huang's) death, and indeed likely caused it". Drivers can prepay another $3,000 on top of that for its "Full Self-Driving Capability" package, which the company advertises as "All you will need to do is get in and tell your vehicle where to go".
Autopilot's name may sound like it can drive a Tesla electric vehicle for you, but it's still a semi-autonomous feature that can auto-steer, keep you in your lane, brake, and accelerate the vehicle forward as long as the driver is still paying full attention with hands on the wheel.
Tesla has been gradually upgrading its Autopilot features with regular software updates.
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