For a car to be considered 100% autonomous, it should be able to drive in any environment without a driver, recognizing other vehicles and communicating with them if necessary.
I envision a future without traffic lights, with autonomous cars crossing at 80 km/h in less than 1 meter, all calculated perfectly, with no surprises since one car could inform another of its presence even when there is no visibility , even if it is on the other corner.
But that’s fiction for now, so we’ll have to take it step by step, and a major one happened today, as Tesla’s “Full Self-Driving” beta is available to anyone who paid for the feature in North America.
Drivers can request it from the car screen, although it’s important to remember that this is a paid feature, it’s not included with a Tesla purchase, in fact it costs an additional $15,000.
Launched in 2020 for a small group of people, this feature has gradually reached 160,000 drivers. Now it can be used by anyone without meeting any special requirements (for example, previously it could only be activated by people who had already traveled more than 160 km in other modes).
Nevertheless, the investigations continue. The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating incidents in which Tesla vehicles collided with emergency vehicles while using Autopilot, and the California Department of Motor Vehicles is not very confident in their cars’ autonomous driving capabilities.
What you can do with Tesla’s Full Self-Drive mode
The functions included are:
– Ability to recognize and respond to traffic lights and stop signs.
– Automatically drive on city streets listed as “nearby”.
– “Autopilot” driver assistance, e.g. B. traffic-aware cruise control.
There’s another feature called “enhanced autopilot” that sells for $6,000 and offers features like automatic parking and smart calling.
However, we’re still a long way from having a fully autonomous car on the market as it now needs to be actively monitored by a driver, but Rome wasn’t built in a day, was it?
- Class action lawsuit launched against Tesla’s Autopilot, Full Self-Driving claims
- Tesla isn’t ready for its cars to be fully self-driving approved this year
- Tesla mislead customers with Autopilot claims, says US regulator
- YouTube has removed a video of a Tesla testing its autonomous driving system in front of a girl
- At Tesla, the price of fully autonomous driving is rising sharply