Founded by Elon Musk, Tesla Motors develops the Autopilot Level 2 autonomous driving system that uses a combination of cameras, radar, ultrasonic sensors and data to automatically steer down the highway, change lanes, and adjust speed in response to traffic.
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Tesla Autopilot also offers digital control of motors, brakes, and steering to help drivers avoid avoid collisions from the front and sides, as well as preventing the car from wandering off the road. Your car can also scan for a parking space, alert you when one is available, and parallel park on command.
Tesla Autopilot relieves drivers of tedious and potentially dangerous aspects of road travel. While truly driverless cars are still a few years away, Tesla Autopilot functions like the systems that airplane pilots use when conditions are clear. The driver is still responsible for, and ultimately in control of, the car. What’s more, drivers always have intuitive access to the information the car is using to inform its actions.
Before self-driving cars arrive, we'll more likely see convoys of driverless trucks such as Tesla's Semi. Such vehicles promise efficiency and safety, and researchers are working hard on them worldwide.
Watch a Tesla Model S with Autopilot 2.0 engaged repeatedly fail to stay in its lane on a windy road. The incident serves as a good remember that Autopilot users always need to keep their hands on the wheel.
The US government exonerates Tesla for the May 2016 fatal accident that killed Joshua Brown. In fact, the NHTSA crash report found Tesla’s crash rate has dropped 40 percent after the company installed its semi-autonomous Autopilot software.
Tesla will produce its cars with all the "hardware needed for full self-driving capability." However, the self-driving system won't be turned on until further testing is performed. This is a major move for Tesla as it moves away from the semi-autonomous nature of its Autopilot system to a fully autonomous system.