All new Tesla cars come standard with state-of-the-art equipment capable of providing autopilot functions today and full self-driving capabilities in the future through software updates designed to improve functionality over time.
Eight surround cameras provide 360 degrees of view around the car at a distance of up to 250 meters. Twelve updated ultrasound sensors complement this vision, objects at a great distance. The forward-facing radar with improved processing provides additional data about the world with an excess wavelength that can see through heavy rain, fog, dust and even the car in front.
To understand all this data, the new on-board computer with computing power 40 times the previous generation computing power uses the new Tesla neural network for vision, sonar and radar processing software. Together, this system provides a view of the world that a driver alone cannot access, seeing in every direction simultaneously, and on wavelengths that go far beyond the human senses.
Enhanced safety features and convenience of the autopilot are designed to help cope with the most burdensome driving details. The autopilot introduces new features and improves existing functions to make Tesla cars safer and more functional over time.
An autopilot allows the car to automatically control, accelerate and brake within its lane.
But don't forget that at the current Autopilot features require active driver supervision and don't make the vehicle completely autonomous.
DirtyTesla posted a video on his YouTube channel that shows how his Tesla, with the latest autopilot update, drives him 25 miles without driver intervention!
Image: Dirty Tesla
Dirty Tesla absolutely didn't interfere with how the car was driving, but simply kept his hand on the steering wheel. His car coped with all situations while driving. The only thing that affected Dirty Tesla's assessment was that his Tesla stayed in the left lane for some time.
But it should be noted that the author of the video simply expresses his subjective opinion. In fact, we see that Tesla drives the same way as all the other cars in this video and no one leaves the fast lane.
This is exactly what Alex Bailey noticed in the comments to the video:
"Auto pilot is driving just like everyone else in Michigan. No one moved out of the fast lane in your video."
Also during the video it is clear that in front of Tesla there was another car in the left lane, so it is absolutely normal that Tesla didn't leave the left lane, but continued to move. And as you may have noticed, Tesla is moving at a speed of 78 mph, which is fast. The combination of these factors well explains why Tesla continued to move along the left lane.
It would also like to note that the left lane is not just a lane for passing. That is, if your car moves fast enough and doesn't interfere with road traffic, then there is nothing wrong with the fact that the car remains in the left lane.
Image: Dirty Tesla
This is very impressive how during the time-lapses in video, you can see how accurately Tesla keeps the lane. Impressive challenge on Tesla’s NoA indicated huge improvement from the recent 40.2.1 OTA update [Video]
Navigate on Autopilot suggests lane changes to optimize your route, and makes adjustments so you don’t get stuck behind slow cars or trucks.
All new Tesla cars are equipped with the equipment necessary in the future for full-fledged independent driving in almost any circumstances. The system is designed in such a way that it was possible to travel short and long distances without any action from a person sitting in the driver's seat.
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