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Tesla Model S Autopilot Navigates LA Traffic While Driver Naps

Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) Autopilot

Tesla Motors Inc Autopilot feature has been under a very bright spotlight lately. It seems as though every time one of the electric car maker’s EVs finds itself in a crash, the world immediately sits up and takes notice. The internet has been flooded with footage of proud Tesla owners showing off the impressive capacity of autopilot. Thing is, not all of it has brought smiles to road authorities or the folks at Tesla, least of all, Elon Musk.

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Driver sleeps in his moving Tesla

This week a video arose depicting a Model S driver allegedly sleeping behind the wheel of his car. The driver is seen with his head tilted, assumed to have fallen asleep in traffic. His car, however — a blue Model S — was dutifully at work, running and conveniently conveying the slumbering man to his destination. All this of course was only made possible by Tesla Motors’ remarkable autopilot tech.

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Teslas are undeniably great cars. The fast-growing EV giant is headed by innovator and visionary Elon Musk. Not only does the young car maker manage to cram elegance, style and fun into electric cars, but the firm constantly adds new aspects to luxury driving. Perhaps chief among these fun features is the company’s autopilot tech. It is a very impressive and mind-boggling system really. It makes use of 13 ultrasonic sensors that allow the Model S and Model X to practically drive themselves.

Although frowned upon my most road authorities, autopilot allows for a mostly hands-free driving experience with very little input from the driver. Proven by this man’s trust in his car, when enabled, autopilot can change lanes, adhere to road guides, avoid obstacles and even have the car park and pull itself of parking spaces.

But the software isn’t entirely autonomous, not yet anyway according to Musk. It still does require the driver’s input in a number of instances. But musk did promise that completely autonomous cars will be made available by his company in about two years. Musk says that drivers can’t fall asleep and expect to wake up safely at their destination just yet. However, this allowance is definitely ion the works.

Autonomous driving and Tesla

Although often depicted as a fun feature, Autopilot is actually a safety feature and has proven itself as such in a number of instances. Musk has repeatedly told the public that safety is the company’s number one priority. Beyond elegance and style and the sporty edge of its cars, Tesla places the safety of its buyers above all else.

But the autopilot system has been reported to hold a few bugs. There are numerous complaints too about the feature doing things their drivers didn’t expect, and not in a good way.

But all these problems are currently being smoothed out. In fact, December had Musk promise completely safe and autonomous Teslas ready sooner than Google. January saw the CEO say that Tesla EVs will soon be able to travel across the country to find theit drivers, knowing when to stop and recharge themselves along the way.

With such motoring innovation being ushered in at a fast and reassuring rate, it is no surprise that people instill a great amount of trust in their Tesla vehicles. Some even feel safe enough to catch up on some sleep behind the wheel of their moving cars.

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