The Tesla Model S Autopilot software has been out for just one day, and one driver has already had a close call.
Fortunately, the software isn’t to blame because the owner didn’t fully understand the limitations of the system. Ever since it was originally announced, Tesla has made it clear that Autopilot is intended for highway use only, and exit ramps aren’t included in that. The video itself is mostly uneventful, with the Autopilot software competently doing its job, but once it starts exiting the highway, it didn’t compensate for a sharp left turn because the line markings were disrupted and not consistent. CEO Elon Musk has made a point that clearly defined lines are extremely important for Autopilot to function properly.
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That’s one of the bad side effects of having over-the-air updates. As great as it is that Tesla owners are getting vehicle updates without having to visit to the dealership, drivers need to be properly educated on what the limitations of the system are. Autopilot is being marked as a beta and isn’t intended for complete hands-off use and hopefully Tesla owners understand that before they start finding their ways into accidents and blaming the semi-autonomous driving system.
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