Monday, December 26, 2016

Tesla Auto Pilot drives slower after latest update

Tesla's latest update seems to be a lot more cautious when driving by itself, and not everyone is happy about it.

Tesla has removed the 5mph leeway it had in its Auto Pilot feature, but now it has gone even further and can take other external factors into account and reduce its driving speed even further when it thinks it's not safe to rely on its self-driving and thinks it should be the human driving it.

Keep in mind Tesla's Auto Pilot is still better suited for highways, and whenever you use it in streets with oncoming traffic things become a lot more complicated. That's why this update prefers to play it safe, and might "annoy" drivers by restricting auto-steer speed lower than the actual speed limit.

Keep in mind human drivers often have the tendency to assume that the speed limit is what's in the signs, forgetting that it too can be reduced by external factors. Just because you have a sign stating a 65mph speed limit doesn't mean you can drive at that speed if there's intense traffic, or a thick layer of fog preventing you to see more than a few feet in front of you card.

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