Autopilot is designed to help you out driving on the highway for now. With eight cameras and 12 sensors all around the car, it can see a 360-degree view of what’s around you at all times. That is how Autopilot stays in the lane, slows down for slower cars, changes lanes and avoids cars. But you as a driver need to pay attention.
As human drivers, we only have two cameras on our face that face the same direction. So we need the mirrors to see what is around us. But we only see one side at a time.
How Tesla AutoPilot Warns
Right now Tesla requires the driver to keep one hand on the wheel when driving. If the car doesn’t detect the hand for more than 45 seconds a series of warnings will happen in the car. First, a light indicator on the screen. If you ignore it, then it will flash and the car will beep to get your attention. This will continue until the car thinks that something terrible has happened to you. Once that happens the car will put the hazards on and come to a complete stop on the road staying in the lane it was in. It is still beeping the whole time. In the future, the car will pull over to the side of the road and call 911 for you. Here are some other articles about Autopilot: the future is now and AutoPilot deaths. I have done a video on what happens during this too.
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But many people have gotten too comfortable with Autopilot and have been abusing it. In the past few months, many people have been spotted and filmed asleep at the wheel as the car is driving them down the highway. People are either sleeping with their hand on the steering wheel or putting a weight on the wheel. Both are bad but the weight is illegal. Autopilot is not Full Self Driving (FSD).
When the anti-Pro-Tesla websites get a hold of these videos and pictures, they blame Tesla. But is Tesla to blame here? Autopilot is designed to nag you when you aren’t paying attention, but if you trick the system, shouldn’t that be the fault of the driver? These same people say the car will go out of control and hit someone and possibly kill them. They say these things to put fear into the publics eyes of Tesla because Tesla is disrupting the car business.
Tesla May Ensure People Are Paying Attention When Autopilot Enabled
Could Tesla change how they make sure people are paying attention? I think they will with a future update to the cars. Many people believe they should enable the in car camera on the Model 3 to see if the driver is paying attention. That camera in the car is not on right now. It was placed in the car for when Tesla has its FSD ride-sharing fleet up and running. The camera will monitor the occupants in the car then.
I’m curious who you think is to blame here on the people sleeping behind the AutoPilot wheel. The driver or Tesla? Comment below.
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