How it feels like to drive a Tesla Model S on Autopilot?
How it feels like to drive a Tesla Model S on Autopilot?

How it feels like to drive a Tesla Model S on Autopilot?

Model S is designed to keep things continue upright over time. The Tesla Model S is priced at $145K. With the latest software update, 7.0 to Model S we can use its unique combination of cameras, ultrasonic sensors, radar and data to automatically steer the car down the highway, change lanes and adjust the speed of the vehicle in response to the ongoing road traffic. Once we arrive at our required destination, the car can scan for a parking space and with our command get parked.

Although, the autopilot feature really gives an awesome experience but one may ask how much safe is to use. Recently a Tesla driver was killed in crash with Autopilot active, so the drive is not considered to be much safe, though. The autopilot was active during a horrific broadside accident. The news was made public in June, this year. Also, it is fine to say that the incident changed the way people think about self-driving cars. Just a short term of time before something like this got happened — accidents did happen and people got killed — but it didn’t stop the swift moving on roads and the stern rebuke that followed also continued.

For the Tesla Model, that’s the main problem as the Autopilot feature provides the best way for making our driving much safer than ever before. At times we may not be driving with full attention so in such cases the car cares and helps us in keeping in our lanes, avoiding collisions, emergency breaking etc. Moreover, it can be said the safest car on the road today, with or without Autopilot is the Model S.

The Tesla Model S with Autopilot on should not be considered as a completely self-driving vehicle, rather it should be taken as an upgrade to the cruise control technology (Control mechanism for keeping an automobile at a set speed). If we pull the lever just once the car assumes control of acceleration and deceleration accordingly. And if we wish that the car also takes control of steering, we are required to pull the lever twice. If all the conditions are met correctly, Autopilot technology accelerates the car from a dead stop and keeps you tracked in the lane and applies brakes for collision avoidance. Also, it deals with stop-and-go traffic in a nice way. But there are many limitations seen when you get into an SUV (sports utility vehicle).

The latest software update to Model S increases the driver’s confidence behind the wheel along with different features to assist the car avoid collisions and cut down the driver’s overall work. Although the Model S can’t make traffic disappear in full, however, it can make it secure and more grateful to bear.

Along with the latest Autopilot features, the instrument panel of the car offers a visualization of the road as detected by the sensors of the car, thus providing drivers the data their car is using for different features like lane departure, speed assist, collision warning, blind spot detection, auto steering and adaptive cruise control. The camera and front-facing radar of the car can see much farther than the sensors fixed in the sides and rear of the car having a range of about 4.8 meters.

The Autosteer feature keeps the car moving in the lane and engages Traffic-Aware Cruise Control to control the car’s speed. By using a number of measures including steering angle, steering rate and speed to determine the appropriate action, it helps the driver in his drive on the road. Moreover, the Tesla Model S requires that the drivers should remain active and mentally present when the Autosteer is enabled and are supposed to keep their hands on the steering wheel, even they are not steering the vehicle themselves.

Furthermore, changing lanes with the Autosteer engaged is also quite easy. The turn signal needs to be engaged and under secure circumstances, the car will move itself to the adjacent lane.

When an object is detected close to Tesla S, fluid lines radiate from the Model S image in the Instrument Panel so that the driver may be alerted.

When around cities you are driving at lower speeds and the Tesla S detects a parking spot, the letter “P” appears on the Instrument Panel. Subsequently, instructions appear on the touchscreen along with the display from the rear camera, and, on activation, the Autopark feature begins to park itself automatically.

Under fine conditions, the Autopilot feature makes most of the wearisome quite easy for us. It automatically adjusts car’s speed according to requirements and allows the drivers to look up to enjoy the views around. It also allows one to talk to family members and chat with friends whilst the car is running on the road.

As far the Autopilot accident mentioned earlier, the driver of the car was watching a movie when the car collided the side of a 50-foot trailer. It was the fault of the driver that he completely relied on the Autopilot and did not even apply brakes.

It is reported that by the next year, Tesla will have collected data about the use of Autopilot over billions of miles, and it is hoped that in the coming years Autopilot will get more perfect and may replace the fallible human, making the drives more secure and flexible.

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