Tesla introduced its semi self-driving technology – ‘Autopilot’ – in October, 2014 which was considered the first step toward driver-less future. The system has undergone various changes over the last 2 years to make the commutes more convenient and safe. The new and enhanced Tesla AutoPilot system made its debut last year offering upgraded features, which further refine the driving experience. Let’s take a look at what the new Tesla autopilot has in-store for motorists.

New and Improved Features

So, what autonomous driving capabilities the Tesla Autopilot system offers? The system features an adaptive cruise control, which allows the car to follow another car while maintaining a safe distance. The Autopilot system automatically tracks the vehicle in front of it and observes its behavior.

The Autosteer function helps the driver to take his hands off the steering wheel and allows the car to steer itself on a motorway. The Autosteer prevents the car from crashing into any car in the surrounding and also makes use of autonomous braking to bring the car to stop from a speed of up to 70 mph.

The Autopilot system also lets changing the lanes conveniently using the Auto Lane Change function provided the circumstances are safe.

To prevent any side collision with the nearby vehicles, the Autopilot system makes use of the Automatic Emergency Steering, which constantly monitors the vehicles nearby your Tesla. If any car gets too close, the car automatically drifts away from it and gives a signal to the driver to take control of the wheel.

One of the best features is the Autopark, which recognizes the parking space and allows parallel parking automatically.

How does it Work?

The new Tesla Autopilot system makes use of 360 degree cameras and ultrasonic sensors to know about the vehicle’s surroundings. There are eight surrounding cameras with a range of up to 250 meters along with twelve ultrasonic sensors in addition to a forward-facing radar, which provides data related to rain, fog and dust. All these sensors and cameras collect data from their surroundings and feed it onto the onboard computer, which processes the information and enables the system to provide the self-driving functionalities.

As safe and interesting as it sounds, Tesla still tells its customers to beware of the surroundings when the autopilot system is engaged. In the Florida accident, the autopilot system was blamed, however investigation proved the system wasn’t at fault. It’s also the duty of the driver to make sure, the car is maintained well. Any faulty parts and tires must be replaced from a reputed dealer like AUTOdoc.co.uk.

The Tesla Autopilot system is available on the Tesla Model S and the Model X. Moreover, it will also be offered in the upcoming Tesla Model 3. It is evolving and hopefully will go full autonomous in the coming few years.


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