The first time the Tesla Model 3 changed lanes by itself to pass a slower vehicle, I was overcome with an ice-cold "this is the future" feeling. Stuck behind a slow-moving garbage truck on New Jersey's Highway 17, the Model 3 suggested a passing maneuver, I agreed, and lo and behold, automatic lane change. But by the fourth time the car changed lanes, I was left wondering why Tesla's Autopilot wasn't smart enough to merge back into the original lane of traffic. Because what is the future if not endlessly nit-picking every technological achievement until we forget why we were amazed in the first place? Tesla has a lot staked on Autopilot.
A Tesla Model S driver has crashed into the back of a van while the car's autopilot, active cruise control and automatic emergency brake were activated. The driver, from Zurich, has blamed the crash on Tesla and claims the entire front of his car must be replaced. Many have been quick to point out that the autopilot system is in a testing phase, and Tesla warns all drivers that they should not surrender full control to the car. Since the video has gained popularity online, the driver - who wishes not the be named - has said the problem was not with autopilot, but with the automatic emergency brake and cruise control. A Tesla Model S driver has crashed into the back of a van while the car's autopilot and automatic emergency brake were activated.
Just a few days ago, the first fatality in a Tesla Model S using the autopilot function was reported. Now another severe Tesla crash has occurred while the vehicle was allegedly on autopilot. This time the crash involved a Model X, and luckily everyone involved survived. Just a few days ago, the first fatality in a Tesla Model S using the autopilot function was brought to our attention. Now another severe Tesla crash has occurred while the vehicle was allegedly on autopilot.
Once the update arrives, Tesla vehicles will be able to drive themselves in a city the way they can perform highway cruising now, the company said. That means interpreting stop signs and traffic lights, making sharp turns, and navigating stop-and-go urban traffic and other obstacles -- a far more difficult task than navigating long, relatively straight stretches of highways. Although Tesla's website has promised features as soon as this year including the ability to recognize and react to traffic lights and stop signs, and what it calls "Automatic driving on city streets," the suite would still require a human driver behind the wheel. As soon as next year, Tesla has said, the cars will be able to operate reliably on their own, even allowing the driver to fall asleep. This tiered approach is different from companies such as Waymo, whose sole aim is to launch autonomous vehicles that do not need a driver behind the wheel.
The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating a crash and fire involving a Telsa Model S car. Two teens died in Fort Lauderdale, Florida crash on Tuesday. The probe is not expected to involve Tesla's semi-autonomous Autopilot system. You've heard of Tesla Autopilot, but perhaps not always in a good way: The semi-autonomous driving system is now under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board for the role it may have played in a March fatal accident near Mountain View, Calif. But you might not have heard about Cadillac Super Cruise and Nissan ProPilot Assist, two other semi-autonomous driving systems that are available in new cars today.