Published Date : Mar 02, 2016
The ‘Autopilot’ feature in Tesla’s vehicles has received praise from the MIT Technology Review that has listed it among the top ten breakthrough technologies of 2016. The autopilot feature in vehicles manufactured by Tesla can automatically steer, brake, cruise, and change lanes on the highway. Since 2014, Tesla Motors started equipping its Model S cars with sensors and cameras to help the vehicle automatically navigate from on-ramp to off-ramp. However, the driver needed to stay alert while driving on highways. In late 2015, the electric car manufacturer updated its software across 60,000 sensor-equipped cars sold at that time. The hardware suite that enables the Autopilot technology includes ultrasonic sensors, forward radar, digitally controlled brakes, and a forward-looking camera. The Autopilot technology includes a number of driver-assist features such as automatic parking.
Tesla Introduces Summon Feature to Park Vehicles without Driver’s Assistance
The Autopilot technology, leading to automatic steering, introduced by Tesla is particularly important as it is a big step towards developing driverless cars. Auto magazine ‘Car and Driver’ has appreciated Tesla’s cars equipped with the technology as the most comprehensively equipped vehicles with semi-autonomous features. The electric car manufacturer has stated that it will continue working on its Autopilot feature. Lately, the company has also introduced Summon feature that enables owners to park and unpark their vehicles without the assistance of drivers. Industry analysts have pointed out that Tesla is getting closer to developing fully autonomous vehicles. While the Autopilot feature lets vehicles to change lanes on the highways, the Summon feature brings the autonomous technology in the garage. However, it would not be easy for Tesla to achieve full autonomy for its vehicles as there are a number of legal hurdles. But that would not stop the car manufacturer from working on the concept of driverless cars.