Drive Safe With Tesla AutoPilot
Elon Musk’s electric car company Tesla rolled out its first sedan in October 2014 with a number of well-placed ultrasonic sensors around both bumpers and sides. They also offered a “technology package” at a price of $4,250 which used the sensors, as well as the camera, a front radar and digitally controlled brakes. All this would help in avoiding collisions and absolutely allowing the car to take over controls and stop before crashing. Things didn’t work out and the hardware just was lying idle for quite some time. A year later around 60,000 users received the software updates to the cars it sold during that period of time. These software updates were officially named Tesla Version 7.0 alias “Autopilot”
The name “Autopilot” sounds similar to what airplane pilots assign in flight. The car with the “Autopilot” features can easily manage its speed, steer within and even change lanes, and park itself. Though some of its features like the auto parallel parking are similar to what car manufacturers like Mercedes, BMW and General Motors are offering in their cars. The self-steering feature which was installed overnight via software update is just another giant leap towards a full automation of the car.
The sensors are able to visualize the road and transfer data onto the instrument panel. This information is used by the car for features like lane departure, blind spot detection, speed assist, collision warning, adaptive cruise, and autosteer.
The AutoSteer is available in Beta version which helps in maintaining a steady speed using the Traffic Aware Cruise control feature. AutoSteer assists the driver by calculating a lot of measurements like steering angle, steering rate and speed to determines the appropriate operation, making it a smoother driving experience. Though the driver to remain engaged and aware when Autosteer is enabled. Drivers must keep their hands on the steering wheel.
The driver just needs to engage the turn signal and Model S will move itself to the adjacent lane when it’s safe to do so. The Side Collision Warning feature enhances the safety of the passengers by sensing range and alerting drivers to objects, such as cars, that are too close to the side of Model S. Once obstructions detected the drivers gets notified by fluid lines that radiate from the Model S image in the Instrument Panel to alert the driver.
Surely the future is practically here, and it couldn’t arrive soon enough.