Autopilot Archive

Tesla told to stop using “misleading term Autopilot” in Germany

Germany’s Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) has asked Tesla to stop using the term ‘Autopilot’ to refer to its driver assistance technology because of the risk of misleading consumers about the capabilities of the technology. According to a report in Germany’s Bild am Sonntag newspaper yesterday, the KBA has written to Tesla asking the electric car company to stop using the term in order “to avoid misunderstandings and false customer expectations”. A …

Tesla Autopilot 8.0 uses radar to prevent accidents like the fatal Model S crash

Today, Tesla revealed Version 8 of its Autopilot software, which includes updates to the signal processing tech used to interpret images received from the onboard radar. The update focuses primarily on the radar component of the Autopilot sensor system, turning it from a supplementary part of the overall tech, designed to complement the cameras, into a primary control sensor that, according to Elon Musk himself, should prevent …

Autopilot in Tesla Model X helps driver get safely to a hospital

A Missouri man might not have made it safely to the hospital without the aid of his Tesla Model X’s self-driving features (via Slate). Joshua Neally, the 37-year old Model X owner, was on the way home from his law firm after work when he was struck by a pulmonary embolism. Neally allowed the Autopilot system to take over for 20 miles of highway driving, …