Monday, October 19, 2015

Teslas get auto-pilot update that allows "hands-free" driving

While car manufacturers try to fix (and explain) their cheating on emissions tests others are updating their car's software to take them a step closer to the cars of the future. With its latest update, Teslas can now drive hands-free thank to the new auto-pilot mode.

This isn't yet a true, complete, driverless mode, but it's a step in that direction. This auto-pilot mode allows its cars to drive completely autonomously in highways and well defined roads, and even on traffic, though drivers are expected to still be vigilant and keep their hands on the steering wheel.

It's definitely nice to see this added to existing vehicles via a software update - something most other car manufacturers are known for not doing (but as cars become more and more software dependent this is an area that will demand a complete overhaul in the near future.).

Should you have a Tesla, be sure to give auto-pilot a try and let us know how it goes; for all those that, like us, can't have one... check the following video to get a glimpse of how it handles on the road.

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