Tesla Motors has been stealing the spotlight for months now. It’s shining even brighter on them when they engaged autopilot on its cars. Tesla’s self-driving cars are getting smarter. Autopilot allows cars the ability to steer within a lane, change lanes with a tap of a turn signal and parallel park autonomously. Autopilot also reduces front and side collision risk and helps keep the car on the road should the driver gets distracted. Autopilot features relieve drivers of the most tedious and potentially dangerous aspects of road travel.
However, weeks after they introduced autopilot, quite a number of videos are posted online stressing the erratic behavior of Tesla cars’ Autopilot. Tesla Motors are aware of these errors and had always presented the autopilot feature as a “beta release”. The system will learn over time from its driving experience and will be refined in the coming couple of months. During the company’s third-quarter earnings conference call, Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors, stated that these errors are ‘not surprising’. He said, “It’s almost a million miles a day for cars that have autopilot hardware. This is early data. I want to emphasize. But it’s very positive. We’re very aware of many accidents that were prevented by Autopilot and not aware of any that were caused by Autopilot.” He added that additional constraints will be put forth to minimize the possibility of self-driving car owners doing crazy things.
Elon Musk’s flair for pungent analysis, underlined his conviction and marks autopilot as an important step toward a future of fully autonomous driving. The Chief Executive stresses, “Any car that doesn’t have full autonomy will have negative value. It will be like owning a horse. You will own it only for sentimental reasons.”
Tesla Motors innovations constantly define new frontiers for the car industry, but more importantly, they improve personal transportation for everyone.