Look Ma, No Hands!
By now, we've all seen some Autopilot videos and read Tesla's recap of the technology, but most of those we're from controlled media drives of the Tesla Model S with firmware 7.0.
How about we look at some Autopilot videos posted (below) by Model S owners.
We think these videos present a more realistic representation of Autopilot functionality in the real world.
*Editor's Note: Several of these videos show improper use of Autopilot. According to Tesla, the driver's hands must remain on the wheel at all times. Furthermore, Autopilot is only designed for highway/interstate use, not for back roads, side streets etc. Lastly, the "driver is still responsible for, and ultimately in control of, the car." Please use any and all autonomous-driving features correctly.
On that note, here's video of Elon Musk explaining Autopilot and responsibility:
On to the driver videos:
Demo dead man's curve.
Finally getting to use and try out Tesla's autopilot functionality with my P85D.
Works pretty well, but still definitely needs to be babysat outside of the interstate or similar roads. Don't take your eyes off of the road and be ready to override it. Be safe!
Was able to do one of my normal interstate highway drives without ever touching the wheel or pedals though. :)
I am the proud owner of a 2015 Tesla SP90D, purchased with all available options. It is the best car I have ever owned and I love it dearly. I also own a large chunk of Tesla stock. Today my car received the anticipated version 7 software update and I was anxious to try it out near my home. After several seconds of successful hands-free driving, I admit I started to ignore the warning to keep my hands on the wheel so that I could record the moment to share with friends. That's when all hell broke loose.
My car was tracking the car in front of me to successfully steer, but I was going slower and that car eventually drifted far ahead of me. Shortly after that, another car was coming in my car's direction from the opposite side of the road. I can only guess at what happened next. My car apparently thought the oncoming car was supposed to be followed, and suddenly veered to the left, crossing the double-yellow road divider line right into its path. Had I not reacted quickly to jerk the steering wheel in the opposite direction, a devastating head-on collision would have occurred.
I post this in the hopes that it will prevent any losses to anyone using AutoPilot in similar circumstances and in the sincere hope that Tesla can address the issue as soon as possible if the software can somehow be improved in detecting both oncoming vehicles and cross-traffic lane dividers to avoid steering into oncoming traffic.
Testing the Tesla Autopilot the morning of its release.
Brief demo of the Tesla Autopilot's Auto Steering and Traffic Aware Cruise Control.
Autopilot beta was generally released today. I had enough time to download new software and try it out.... It work! Bit wobbly but it works. Impressed!
In response to seeing a flood of Tesla Autopilot videos hit the Internet, InsideEVs contributor Michael Beinenson created this humorous video of the "unofficial autopilot" mode found on the Nissan LEAF: