Tesla Model S Autopilot Tested In Sweden – Video

OCT 28 2015 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 8

Text Should Read "Oktober 2015," Not "Oktober 2014"

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4 days ago, Tesla CEO Elon Musk confirmed that Autopilot was beginning its rollout in Europe. Now we have our first video of Autopilot in use on a Model S in Sweden.

Video description:

“Testdrive with the new EU version of autopilot software 7.0. A bit in country roads, larger two-lane roads, in town and on the highway.”

Does Autopilot operate the same in the U.S. as it does in Europe? For an answer to that question we’ll turn our attention to a Q&A posted on the video YouTube page (via YT Oedegaarde):

Question: ZarlockGE –

Nice demonstration, what I am not sure about, did the car force you in any way to keep your hands on the steering wheel?
As I understand it, the American version does not, is there a difference to your version?

Answer: Oedegaarde (video creator)

+ZarlockGE Thanks! Well, the car displays a warning to keep hands on the wheel every now and then – a lot less often on freeways. You just need to put a tiny bit of preassure on the wheel, then you can let go again. If you don’t do it, the car will beep and eventually slow down to a complete stop. The same is true for the US version. The big difference in the EU version is, that whan you want to do a lanechange on the freeway, you have to touch the wheel first in EU (just for a split second), but you don’t have to in the US.

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AND NOBODY DIED! 🙂

I’m surprised it wasn’t from Bjorn. Is his Model S an earlier version that can’t make use of the autopilot feature.

Side note: I thought autopilot only worked on the freeways/expressways/motorways?

Tesla have said that the autopilot is for highway but they haven’t done anything to stop it from be use anywhere else so it’s up to the driver to decide if it’s safe to use or not.

Bjorn actually did do an autopilot video with his buddy Jorgen who does have a newer car.

I’m actually kind of glad that autopilot can’t be on for windy/curvy roads. For me at least, driving those types of roads is what makes driving fun!

I don’t see the usefulness of an autopilot that you need to baby-sit like that. If you can’t trust the autopilot fully it’s pretty useless IMO. I guess it’s only an experimental feature right now, a toy.

It’s just a first step toward a fully autonomous, self-driving, vehicle. “Crawl before you can walk; walk before you can run.” But there have been several reports on the Tesla Motors Club forum from drivers who said when driving on the freeway, their car never did require them to touch the steering wheel, after Autosteer (Beta) was activated. Apparently it does very well on well-maintained freeways, with clear lane markings, with straight roadway or only gentle curves, when there is heavy traffic, and the car stays in the left lane, with no exits to the left. Reportedly, Autosteer (Beta) does less well on roads which are not well maintained, or when traffic is light, or on roads with sharper curves, and it has an unfortunate tendency to take an exit from the freeway whenever it finds one, either to the left or to the right. I confess I don’t understand why sometimes the “nanny” feature is activated, requiring the driver to touch the steering wheel to signal that he’s paying attention to the road; and other times it’s not. It may be that it’s not actually a “timeout” function to make sure the driver is paying attention. Perhaps it happens… Read more »

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