Tesla Model S Autopilot Demo – Video


Autopilot Demo

Autopilot Demo

Here’s a video showing autopilot in action in a Tesla Model S.

And while these have become quite popular from Tesla drivers themselves, this one comes to us via Autoblog – so it’s done quite well.

Video description:

“Autoblog’s Adam Morath demonstrates Autopilot on the 2016 Tesla Model S P90D. Autopilot enables self-driving in some situations on the Model S. Cameras, radar and 360-degree sonar evaluate traffic and road conditions, allowing the Tesla to autonomously steer and change lanes on behalf of the driver. But, in our experience, Autopilot is not perfect all of the time.”

*Note: Definitely not a 2016 Model S, as stated in the description above. This is a 2015 S. The first 2016s will come out in…2016

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This demonstration is in a location that is clearly outside those specified by Tesla. You have to agree to in a dialog when you turn this on to only use on divided limited access highways/freeways. I do not believe it is safe to use when you have traffic moving the opposite direction without a divider.


They also say you are supposed to keep your hands on the wheel, but nobody does this.


Since I have not seen it posted anywhere, this is the language you must agree to when you turn on autopilot:

“Autosteer feature is currently in Beta:

Autosteer is for use on highways that have a center divider and clear lane markings, or where there is a car directly ahead to follow. It should not be used on other kinds of roads or where the highway has very sharp turns or lane markings that are absent, faded or ambiguous. Similar to the autopilot function in airplanes, you need to maintain control and responsibility for your vehicle while enjoying the convenience of Autosteer.

Do you want to enable Autosteer while it is in Beta?



“*Note: Definitely not a 2016 Model S, as stated in the description above. This is a 2015 S. The first 2016s will come out in…2016”

What’s up with Tesla not following the calendar-year naming convention to designate model years for the Model X? Tesla will make thousands/hundreds/dozens/a-few(?) Model X’s in calendar year 2015, and according to fueleconomy.gov they will apparently be designated 2016 model year Model X’s. Currently there are no fuel economy ratings for 2015 Model X’s, but there are fuel economy ratings for 2016 Model X’s. Are all the Model X’s being built in calendar year 2015 going to be 2016 model year Model X’s? If yes, is Tesla doing this to avoid the cost of certifying the Model X for a fuel economy rating for 2015?



Jay Cole

Given the very late arrival and limited numbers, Tesla has decided to make all 2015 produced Model Xs model year 2016s – including the Founders Edition models already on the road.

The decision of course on the timing of model years is purely up to the OEM, but it also insures these limited Model X SUVs delivered to customers in December are not insta-hit with model year rollover residual depreciation

Tesla’s stance on calendar year models is both for simplicity, and also the fact there is no ‘dealership dance’ required with model year end/excess inventory to draw down; which is due to Tesla’s online ‘build to demand/orders’ way of doing business. In the future at some point, this will likely change when/if the company decides to have more pre-built/stocked inventory to increase/accomodate on-the-spot purchases

There is no “cost” certifying/pulling forward specs from one year to the next, you simply notify the EPA the vehicle is unchanged and re-submit the same efficiency numbers.


Thanks for clearing that up Jay.

Jay Cole

Yupe, yupe. Was one of one of the first things I was curious about when looking on the “Founders” VINs myself.

Micke Larsson

Smooth and clearly marked? It’s one of the poorest roads I’ve seen outside a third world country. Did they have to chose a road in desperate need to be redone?


He’s in Michigan, and for a Michigan road, it’s pristine.

Micke Larsson

Damn, looks like it’s from a newly bombed war-zone… well, one thing is sure then. When the autopilot works flawlessly in Michigan then it will work in any part of the world. 😛


This is what happens when you let Republicans run your state… 😛

George Parrott

I have used mine very early on a 95 mile drive from Sacramento to Chico and it handled about 90/95 miles each way. In that first week of activation, it tended to want to take EVERY exit. Recently I drove from Sacramento to Los Angeles and the car handled about 300+ of those miles each way under auto-steering. That made I-5 almost tolerable.

I find the auto-steering MOST helpful at night, since it seems even more controlled and less “bothered” by the glare of oncoming car’s lights. In all my experience it handles two lane roads with oncoming traffic quite easily..as long as THE ROAD MARKINGS ARE CLEAR AND DISTINCT.

21st Century, what a wonderful time to be alive!


It’s bad enough when individuals post videos showing them misusing Tesla’s Autosteer (Beta) in such a dangerous fashion, which is to say on roads with two-way traffic.

It’s even worse when a well-known website shows the same dangerous misuse, risking the lives of everyone on the road.

It’s amazing that no one has reported an accident due to misuse of Autosteer (Beta). I commend Tesla for their achievement in partially autonomous cars, but I still wish they would take steps to put a stop to people misusing Autopilot in such a flagrant fashion.