Tesla warning: self-driving feature may ‘do the wrong thing at the worst time’

Please do not blink when using full self-driving

Tesla has finally released its full self-driving update to eager fans only to warn that it doesn’t live yet as the name suggests.

According to Digital Trends, as seen by YouTuber Tesla Secrets, the full self-driving Limited Access update’s release notes say that it “can go wrong at the worst of times, so you should always keep your hands on the wheel and pay extra attention on the road. Don’t get complacent.” ” There may be strong language in response to stories of deaths in Tesla vehicles in the past, potentially due to inattentive drivers behind the wheel.

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The beta notes, “Use full self-driving in limited beta only if you pay constant attention to the road, and be prepared to take immediate action, especially around blind corners, crossing intersections and in narrow driving conditions.”

It also looks like Tesla has increased its surveillance of drivers to make sure they’re paying attention. In the past, the weight was used against the steering wheel as a measure of caution. Now, the camera above the rearview mirror will be used to ensure that the drivers stay engaged.

“The cabin camera above your rearview mirror can now detect driver inattention and provide you with audible alerts, reminding you to keep your eye on the road when autopilot is engaged.”

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Tesla Autopilot vs. Full Self-Driving

For those who don’t follow Tesla updates closely, there’s a gap between Autopilot that currently exists on all Teslas and the full self-driving beta. According to Tesla’s website, Autopilot is more of a driving assistant, which can help make driving easier and more comfortable, but still requires the driver to be aware and present. It is best used on highway driving, where it is easier for the car to see the lines on the road and the vehicles ahead.

On the other hand, full self-driving aims to be far more autonomous and practical. This means that the Tesla Model 3, for example, when the driver activates the turn signal, navigates the interchange, parallel or vertical park, stops at all stop lights and stop signs, ramps up, autosteers, or changes lanes. could.

But achieving full self-driving is difficult, because roads, signs and other signs were designed with humans in mind, not machines. This is a somewhat obvious fact that was exposed by Tesla founder Elon Musk in a highly verbose tweet in April.

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Of course some, like Senator Edward Markey (D-Mass.) have criticized Tesla for slapping the name Autopilot and full self-driving, which don’t quite fit their billing. The concern is that drivers with less knowledge may believe that these features, based on their namesake, are more capable than they actually are.

At the moment, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is reviewing 23 Tesla crashes, of which 19 are believed to have “used some form of advanced driver assistance system at the time of the incident.”

Still, not everyone can easily get the full self-driving update. For this, Tesla customers will need to sign up for the Early Access Program waitlist. Musk also confirmed, via Twitter, that a recent beta update “please go crazy” fixed some known issues.

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