Tesla Auto-Pilot Returns To Hong Kong, First Hand Review Of System
When auto-pilot was officially launched in Hong Kong last October, many owners with auto-pilot feature couldn’t wait to try out this amazing technology.
Sadly, less than 100 Model S out of the 2700+ on the road at the time managed to perform the update to experience it on local roads before the Transport Department gave out the red card to have Tesla disabled the feature over the air.
Owners felt like they were hit by a lightening to be sent back to 1885 with Dr. Brown having to maneuver their cars again on a railroad track in front of a steam train. But with the help of Marty McFly (Elon Musk) traveling back in time speaking in with local Sheriff (Local Government Official) in person things were back on track with the Tesla team working together with local Transport Department to send us all back to March 14, 2016.
Now, Hong Kong owners have gotten their auto-pilot feature back with auto-steer after installing the latest update Version 7.1 (2.14.17). There was only a slight hiccup for those owners who got the feature disabled last year, as the auto-pilot button was still greyed out after the update. We suspect a BLACKLIST of VIN numbers used to disable the feature by OTA had not been removed. Owners confirmed to us that this has been resolved the next day.
This has been great example of technology companies working with local regulatory authority to bring the latest innovation to market that will improve our daily lives. Big hands to everyone involved in getting the auto-pilot finally approved. I am sure fans and owners want to see Summon get approved for local use as well.
I also had a chance to experience the latest version of auto-pilot on Hong Kong island roads.
It seems while driving through most of the South and Western part of the island, the auto-pilot could not be enabled even with multiple lane straight highway like roads. It feels almost as if it has been program to restrict auto-pilot on specific roads.
We hope the next generation of auto-pilot system will handle the busy, crowded and narrow cities streets that is so common in Hong Kong.