Tesla electric cars get autopilot

The American automaker began beta testing a full-fledged autopilot, calling on ordinary electric car owners to help in this work.

(ORDO NEWS) — The advanced system of electronic driver assistants, which is installed on Tesla electric cars, is not considered a full-fledged autopilot either in terms of its capabilities, or according to the letter of the law, which even forbade the company to advertise the system as “autopilot”, but this should change in 2020.

Tesla has released the Full Self-Driving Beta, a beta version of a full-fledged autopilot that appeared on electric vehicles. True, so far not all clients, but only a select few. True, over time, software updates with new functions will be available to more and more drivers, and by the end of this year, the release of the final version of the autopilot is promised.

Already in the beta version, Tesla can independently pass regulated and unregulated intersections, turn left and right, let pedestrians pass at crossings, go around parked cars and other obstacles in its path. The autopilot came to this functionality after it was first taught to distinguish between traffic signals and react to stop signs.

Formally, now Tesla can move independently not only along the highway (electric cars could have been in the past), but also in city traffic, although not without restrictions.

Firstly, the beta testers of the Full Self-Driving Beta were the most careful drivers who had not previously been noticed in dangerous driving and violation of traffic rules.

Secondly, the system requires the driver’s hands on the steering wheel – if they are removed, the autopilot will first try to attract the attention of a person, and if he does not react, the electric car will park itself safely.

Thirdly, Full Self-Driving Beta is reinsured – it drives slower than an ordinary driver, and sometimes makes mistakes, which the person behind the wheel must correct.

The autopilot interface is still far from final, but this does not affect the operation of the neural network that combines and processes images from the cameras installed on Tesla. Even Full Self-Driving Beta copes well with positioning an electric vehicle in space and in most road situations, and the maneuvers of a person who corrects autopilot errors are used by the system to further train the neural network and autopilot mechanisms.

Tesla promises that by the end of 2020 it will “roll out” the final release of the autopilot, which will be released in a software update video for all electric vehicles in service. At the same time, Tesla sedans and crossovers will not become a full-fledged drone, since the legislation does not yet allow the operation of cars without a person behind the wheel and without driver control over the actions of the car.


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